"An original, carefully researched, engagingly written, even playful and witty foray into the exploding field of food history by an up-and-coming star in the field. How appropriate that so delightful a vegetable has an equally delightful book to pay it tribute."
-William Cronon, from the Foreword
"After smashing our illusions about the Pilgrims, Ott continues her pumpkin iconoclasm. . . . The pumpkin as symbol comes full circle."
"Cindy Ott digs deeply and creatively in furrowing a few familiar and many elusive sources in this major contribution to American agricultural and sociocultural history."
-Michael Kammen, The Journal of American History, Vol. 100(1) 2013
"If you're interested in taking a deeper look into the rich history of pumpkins, you will enjoy Cindy Ott's Pumpkin. . . It's definitely worth a read. Next time you bake a homemade pumpkin pie, you can serve it with a slice of history as well."
-Tori Avey, The History Kitchen, November 14 2013
"There is much treasure to be mined from this engaging work of nonfiction, so carve out some reading time, and enjoy a pumpkin-tastic narrative."
-Jan Johnson, The Columbian, October 13 2013
"Her analysis certainly leads to a deeper consideration of this simple vegetable and how it is that Americans may still consider the country a farming nation, although the number of farmers had declined dramatically. . ."
-Rae Katherine Eighmey, Minnesota History, Spring 2013
"Cindy Ott presents a fascinating study of America's darling squash. . . . Her thorough investigation of the renowned autumn icon takes a detailed look into American social and agricultural history."
-Kelly Restuccia, OhRanger!, October 2012
"Ott reexamines American history through the lens of the pumpkin. It is an undertaking that is both intellectual and fun."
-Garry Stephenson, Oregon Historical Quarterly