Chewing Gum: The Fortunes of Taste

Chewing Gum: The Fortunes of Taste

Chewing Gum: The Fortunes of Taste

Chewing Gum: The Fortunes of Taste


In Chewing Gum, Michael Redclift deftly chronicles the growing popularity of gum in the U.S. alongside a fascinating history of peasant revolution led by charismatic Indians in the jungles of southern Mexico.


“This gum, ” Mr Wonka went on, “is the latest, my greatest, my most fascinating invention! It's a chewing gum meal! …Just a strip of Wonka's magic chewing gum and that's all you'll ever need at breakfast, lunch and supper! This piece of gum I've just made happens to be tomato soup, roast beef and blueberry pie …!”

Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

In true Manhattan fashion she's immaculately groomed. Then she spits out her gum, and I remember where we are. Angelic as she appears, Sarah Jessica Parker (of “Sex and the City” fame) is a New Yorker. Here, even angels have attitude.

Eve MacSweeney, Vogue (February 2001)

She tells me about her husband, Harry Lewis. They were married for 57 years. “I lost him three years ago, ” she says, with the air of someone who thinks she might find him again-down the back of the sofa, or under the fridge. He played the saxophone.

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