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Food in the USA: A Reader

The Anthropology of Food and Body: Gender, Meaning and Power

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Food and Culture: A Reader

Food and Gender: Identity and Power

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Around the Tuscan Table

Food and Culture: A Reader (second edition)
edited by Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik
New York: Routledge, 2008.

Food touches everything important to people: it marks social differences and strengthens social bonds. But food can signify very different things from table to table.

Food and Culture takes a global look at the social, symbolic, and political-economic roles of what - and how - we eat. The selections examine some of the meanings of food and eating across cultures, with particular attention to how men and women define themselves differently through their foodways. Articles reveal how food habits and beliefs both present a microcosm of any culture and also contribute to our understanding of human behavior. Crossing many disciplinary boundaries, Food and Culture includes the perspectives of anthropology, history, psychology, philosophy, and sociology.

Table of Contents

Foreword from The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher

Introduction to the Second Edition by Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik

1. The Problem of Changing Food Habits, Margaret Mead
2. Toward a Psychosociology of Contemporary Food Consumption, Roland Barthes
3. The Culinary Triangle, Claude Lévi-Strauss
4. Deciphering a Meal, Mary Douglas
5. The Abominable Pig, Marvin Harris
6. Nourishing Arts Michel De Certeau and Luce Giard
7. The Recipe, the Prescription, and the Experiment, Jack Goody
8. Time, Sugar, and Sweetness, Sidney Mintz
9. Anorexia Nervosa and Its Differential Diagnosis, Hilde Bruch

Gender and Consumption
10. Fast, Feast, and Flesh: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women, Caroline Bynum
11. Appetite as Voice, Joan Jacobs Brumberg
12. Anorexia Nervosa: Psychopathology as the Crystallization of Culture, Susan Bordo
13. Feeding Hard Bodies: Food and Masculinities in Men’s Fitness Magazines, Fabio Parasecoli
14. The Overcooked and the Underdone: Masculinities in Japanese Food Programming, T.J.M. Holden
15. Japanese Mothers and Obentos: The Lunch Box as Ideological State, Apparatus Anne Allison
16. Conflict and Deference, Marjorie DeVault
17. Feeding Lesbigay Families, Christopher Carrington

Food and Identity Politics
18. How to Make a National Cuisine: Cookbooks in Contemporary India, Arjun Appadurai
19. ‘Real Belizean Food’: Building Local Identity in the Transnational Caribbean, Rich Wilk
20. Let’s Cook Thai: Recipes for Colonialism, Lisa Heldke
21. “More than Just the 'Big Piece of Chicken': The Power of Race, Class, and Food in American Consciousness", Psyche Williams-Forson
22. Mexicanas’ Food Voice and Differential Consciousness in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, Carole Counihan
23. Rooting Out the Causes of Disease: Why Diabetes is So Common Among Desert Dwellers, Gary Paul Nabhan
24. Slow Food and the Politics of Pork Fat: Italian Food and European Identity, Alison Leitch
25. Taco Bell, Maseca, and Slow Food: A Postmodern apocalypse for Mexico’s Peasant Cuisine? Jeffrey Pilcher
26. The Raw & the Rotten: Punk Cuisine, Dylan Clark
27. Salad Days: Using Visual Methods to Study Children’s Food Culture, Melissa Salazar, Gail Feenstra, and Jeri Ohmart

Political Economy of Food: Transformation and Marginalization
28. The Chain Never Stops, Eric Schlosser
29. Whose ‘Choice’? ‘Flexible’ Women Workers in the Tomato Food Chain, Deborah Barndt
30. The Politics of Breastfeeding: An Advocacy Update, Penny Van Esterik
31. The Political Economy of Obesity: The Fat Pay All, Alice Julier
32. Of Hamburger and Social Space, Consuming McDonald’s in Beijing, Yungxiang Yan
33. Plastic Bag Housewives and Postmodern Restaurants: Public and Private in Bangkok’s Foodscape, Gisèle Yasmeen
34. The Political Economy of Food Aid in an Era of Agricultural Biotechnology, J. Clapp
35. Street Credit: The Cultural Politics of African Street Children's Hunger, Karen Coen Flynn
36. Want Amid Plenty: From Hunger to Inequality, Janet Poppendieck