Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning

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Edible Ideologies argues that representations of food-in literature and popular fiction, cookbooks and travel guides, war propaganda, women's magazines, television and print advertisements-are not just about nourishment or pleasure. Contributors explore how these various modes of representation, reflecting prevailing attitudes and assumptions about food and food practices, function instead to circulate and transgress dominant cultural ideologies. Addressing questions concerning whose interests are served by a particular food practice or habit and what political ends are fulfilled by the historical changes that lead from one practice to another in Western culture, the essays offer a rich historical narrative that moves from the construction of the nineteenth-century English gentleman to the creation of two of today's iconic figures in food culture, Julia Child and Martha Stewart. Along the way, readers will encounter World War I propaganda, Holocaust and Sephardic cookbooks, the Rosenbergs, German tour guides, fast food advertising, food packaging, and chocolate, and will find food for thought on the meanings of everything from camembert to Velveeta, from salads to burgers, and from tikka masala to Campbell's soup.
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The contributions to Edible Ideologies show a richness of concrete argument ... Vividly and vibrantly, the essays ... reveal multitudes of meaning.— Gastronomica

"...this collection moves beyond the scope of 'food studies' to be of interest to readers in literature, gender studies, sociology, advertising history, and related disciplines."— CHOICE

"This is a solid intervention in contemporary debates about food and representation in the Anglo-American world. The essays are historically rich, theoretically engaging, and unpredictable enough to be immensely readable. Who knew that a box of Jell-O would do so much harm to Ethel Rosenberg's case?!"— Krishnendu Ray, author of The Migrant's Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791472873
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/10/2008
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

At Marymount Manhattan College, Kathleen LeBesco is Associate Professor of Communication Arts, and Peter Naccarato is Associate Professor of English. LeBesco’s previous books include Revolting Bodies? The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction   Kathleen LeBesco   Peter Naccarato     1
Men and Menus: Dickens and the Rise of the "Ordinary" English Gentleman   Annette Cozzi     13
"Food Will Win the War": Food and Social Control in World War I Propaganda   Celia M. Kingsbury     37
Cooking In Memory's Kitchen: Re-Presenting Recipes, Remembering the Holocaust   Marie I. Drews     53
"More than one million mothers know it's the REAL thing": The Rosenbergs, Jell-O, Old-Fashioned Gefilte Fish, and 1950s America   Nathan Abrams     79
Cooking the Books: Jewish Cuisine and the Commodification of Difference   Eric Mason     105
Typisch Deutsch: Culinary Tourism and the Presentation of German Food in English-Language Travel Guides   Lynne Fallwell     127
The Embodied Rhetoric of "Health" from Farm Fields to Salad Bowls   Jean P. Retzinger     149
Consuming the Other: Packaged Representations of Foreignness in President's Choice   Charlene Elliott     179
From Romance to PMS: Images of Women and Chocolate in Twentieth-Century America   Kathleen Banks Nutter     199
Julia Child, Martha Stewart, and the Rise of Culinary Capital   KathleenLeBesco   Peter Naccarato     223
Contributors     239
Index     243
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