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Food for Thought: Essays on Eating and Culture
Historically, few topics have attracted as much scholarly, professional, or popular attention as food and eating-as one might expect, considering the fundamental role of food in basic human survival. Almost daily, a new food documentary, cooking show, diet program, food guru, or eating movement arises to challenge yesterday's dietary truths and the ways we think about dini ...more
Paperback, 301 pages
Published April 18th 2008 by McFarland
(first published January 1st 2008)
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This is an introductory text; anyone moderately versed in food sociology will find it recounts material analyzed in other sources. That isn't to say it's overly accessible: the book is stuffed full of academic jargon that, while not unexpected, is occasionally irritating. The best aspect of this book is its diversity: everything from airline food to prison food is addressed. Even so, this is best used as a primer to food sociology (which makes the jargon and the lack of a suggested reading list ...more
This book addresses more contemporary issues of food, and it's pretty accessible (well, most of the essays are accessible). It's not particularly memorable and the methodology seems to be mostly sociological, which is interesting, but not all that helpful to me personally. It's mostly US-focused, with a few chapters on other areas (I particularly liked the chapter on the new coffee shop culture in China.)