Show Notes: SPAM

Tracy Wilson

SPAM! And some other vintage-y-looking foods. Photo by Tom Kelley/Getty Images

OK, for real this time: It's a lighter subject to recover from our recent stretch of mostly sad, difficult, upsetting, tragic episodes. (It still has war and injustice in it, and a nod to some labor issues, but it's mostly fun food stuff.)

SPAM - pork shoulder and ham in a can, made by Hormel - became a household name in the U.S. almost immediately after its introduction. It turned into a staple food during World War II, when Hormel and other food producers supplied the U.S. and its allies with all manner of canned meats. Its association with old-fashioned, wholesome values persisted in the U.S. for decades, but thanks to the presence of U.S. troops elsewhere in the world, it has its own unique connotations (and recipes) in other regions.

Our listener mail is from Sam about our Great Leap Forward episode.

For more knowledge: How SPAM Works

Episode link: A Culinary History of SPAM

My research:

  • DeJesus, Erin. "A Brief History of Spam, An American Meat Icon." Eater. 7/9/2014. Hormel Foods. "Spam: The History of Spam." http://www.spam.com/spam-101/history-of-spam
  • Engelmann, Larry D. "We Are the Poor People - the Hormel Strike of 1933." Labor History. Fall 1974.
  • Harvard Business Review. "Management's Approach to the Annual Wage." Spring 1946.
  • Heydt, Bruce. "Spam Again." America In WWII. June 2006. http://www.americainwwii.com/articles/spam-again/
  • Hormel Foods. "Spam: The History of Spam." http://www.spam.com/spam-101/history-of-spam
  • Johnson, Dirk. "A Feast from the Can: Honors for Spam at 50." New York Times. 7/5/1987. ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
  • Lewis, George H. "From Minnesota Fat to Seoul Food: Spam in America and the Pacific Rim." Journal of Popular Culture. Vo. 34, Issue 2. 2000.
  • Matejowsky, Ty. "Spam and Fast-food 'Glocalization' in the Philippines." Food, Culture and Society. Vol. 10, No. 1. Spring 2007.
  • Riquier, Andrea. "Hard-Charging Hormel Brought Home The Bacon." Investors Business Daily. 6/11/2014.
  • Sang-Hun, Choe. "In Korea, Spam Is the Stuff Gifts Are Made Of." New York Times 27 Jan. 2014: A1(L). Academic OneFile. Web. 2 Sept. 2014.
  • Wyman, Carolyn. "Spam: A Biography." Harcourt Brace. 1999.
  • Zeller, Tom. "Spamology." New York Times. 6/1/2003. Academic OneFile. Web. 2 Sept. 2014.

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