Food and Culture: A Reader

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Carole Counihan, Penny Van Esterik
Routledge, 2008 - Social Science - 608 pages
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The problem of changing food habits -- Toward a psychosociology of contemporary food consumption -- The culinary triangle -- Deciphering a meal -- The abominable pig -- The nourishing arts -- The recipe, the prescription, and the experiment -- Time, sugar, and sweetness -- Anorexia nervosa and its differential diagnosis -- Fast, feast, and flesh: the religious significance of food to medieval women -- The appetite as voice -- Anorexia nervosa: psychopathology as the crystallization of culture -- Feeding hard bodies: food and masculinities in men's fitness magazines -- The overcooked and underdone: masculinities in Japanese food programming -- Japanese mothers and obentos: the lunch-box as ideological state apparatus -- Conflict and deference -- Feeding lesbigay families -- How to make a national cuisine: cookbooks in contemporary India -- "Real Belizean food": building local identity in the transnational Caribbean -- Let's cook Thai: recipes for colonialism -- More than just the "big piece of chicken": the power of race, class, and food in American consciousness -- Mexicanas' food voice and differential consciousness in the San Luis Valley of Colorado -- Rooting out the causes of disease: why diabetes is so common among desert dwellers -- Slow food and the politics of pork fat: Italian food and European identity -- Taco Bell, maseca, and slow food: a postmodern apocalypse for Mexico's peasant cuisine? -- The raw and the rotten: punk cuisine -- Salad days: a visual study of children's food culture -- The chain never stops -- Whose "choice"? "Flexible" women workers in the tomato food chain -- The politics of breastfeeding: an advocacy update -- The political economy of obesity: the fat pay all -- Of hamburger and social space: consuming McDonald's in Beijing -- "Plastic-bag housewives" and postmodern restaurants?: public and private in Bangkok's foodscape -- The political economy of food aid in an era of agricultural biotechnology -- Street credit: the cultural politics of African street children's hunger -- Want amid plenty: from hunger to inequality

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Carole Counihan is Professor of Anthropology at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and co-editor-in-chief of Food and Foodways. Her earlier books include Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Florence, Food in the USA, and The Anthropology of Food and Body: Gender, Meaning, and Power.

Penny Van Esterik is Professor of Anthropology at York University in Toronto, Canada where she teaches nutritional anthropology, in addition to doing research on food and globalization in Southeast Asia. She is a founding member of WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action)and writes on infant and young child feeding, including her earlier book, Beyond the Breast-Bottle Controversy.

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