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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
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Paperback, Second Edition, 608 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Routledge (first published August 5th 1997)
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Jessica
Jan 05, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
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
Sep 17, 2007 Lorraine Norris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan 25, 2015 Susan Lester rated it it was amazing
One of the best readers on the subject.
Samantha
Apr 15, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good as an interesting reader for Food and Culture class.
Alexandra Sundarsingh
A good collection of articles on the intersection of food and culture, although it would seem that the more medically oriented articles need to be updated or contextualized. Overall, enjoyable, but an updated version would be a better addition to the beginnings of a food library.

Best articles: "Time, Sugar and Sweetness" by Sidney Mintz; "The Abominable Pig" by Marvin Harris.
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Oct 11, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
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.
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This is an interesting read. It's a lot of information, but some articles are definitely better than others.
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