New book 'Pumpkin' tells the story of America's darling squash

Cover image of Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon by Cindy Ott. Image courtesy University of Washington Press.Did you ever wonder how the pumpkin earned its spot as the revered symbol of autumn? Or how it made its way to front stoops and Thanksgiving tables across the country?

In her new book Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon, author Cindy Ott presents a fascinating study of America’s darling squash.

From the story of how pumpkin became the first domesticated crop in North America to the current craze for pumpkin-flavored foods and beverages, her thorough investigation of the renowned autumn icon takes a detailed look into American social and agricultural history.

The book follows the pumpkin’s transformation from a food eaten out of desperation to a dessert worthy of the Thanksgiving table. It also examines the use of pumpkins as Halloween decorations and the rise of the pumpkin farming industry.

For more information, visit washington.edu/uwpress; or better yet, to find a copy at a bookstore near you visit indiebound.org.

Image courtesy University of Washington Press.