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Food and Culture: A Reader

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Food touches everything important to people: it marks social difference and strengthens social bonds. Common to all people, it can signify very different things from table to table.

Food and Culture takes a global look at the social, symbolic, and political-economic role of food. The stellar contributors to this reader examine some of the meanings of food and eating across
Paperback, Second Edition, 608 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Routledge (first published August 5th 1997)
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I quite enjoyed this one - it's got a bit of everything, so even if you're not a true cultural anthropologist, you'll still find historical cases that are intensely interesting!
Lorraine Norris
Tons of information on cultural ideals and religious beliefs and the food that accompanies them. There is so much that goes into what is eaten, when and why that it can really shape lives. Even in what is not eaten, which would be an even bigger category in some cultures! This book even formulates ideas on how to change negative lifestyles in the world by switching their diets! It's not a comfy window-seat type of book, but you will gain some very pertinent information on how to live more health ...more
Susan Lester
One of the best readers on the subject.
This book was pretty good as an interesting reader for Food and Culture class.
This is a truly delightful, robust, and challenging compilation of food studies articles; a treat to read as a student and surely to teach as an instructor.
This is an interesting read. It's a lot of information, but some articles are definitely better than others.
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