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Packed with important information and strategies, this text and resource offers one-stop coverage of culturally related food and nutrition topics. Authors Pamela Goyan Kittler and Kathryn P. Sucher include comprehensive overviews of key ethnic, religious, and regional groups, including Native Americans, Northern Europeans, Southern Europeans, Central Europeans, Africans, Mexicans, Central Americans, Caribbean Islanders, South Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, Greeks, Middle Easterners, Asian Indians, and Regional Americans. Each culture-specific chapter explores the highlighted group's perspective -- as well as traditional food habits and contemporary American food habits acquired by the group. These chapters feature discussion of ingredients and common foods, meal composition and cycle, therapeutic uses of foods, nutritional status, counseling suggestions, and more. A valuable chapter on intercultural communication covers such essential topics as intercultural communication skills, intercultural counseling, and culturally relevant program preparation and implementation strategies. A fascinating chapter on traditional health beliefs and practices discusses cultural definitions of health and includes healing practices and botanical remedies employed.
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In a revision of the 1998 cultural nutrition consultant Kittler and Sucher (nutrition and food science, San Jose State U., California) synthesize the considerable research by anthropologists and other social scientists into food for use by practicing health and nutrition professionals. After reviewing such aspects as changing demographics and dietary practices of eastern and western religions, they profile all the major ethnic groups of North America, in order of their arrival. They conclude with a survey of regional food habits. A glossary of ethnic ingredients does not indicate pronunciation. No date or title is mentioned for the first edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534551643
  • Publisher: Thomson Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Series: Health Sciences Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Food and Culture 1
Food and Culture 2
Factors That Influence Food Habits 6
The Study of Cultural Foods 11
Nutrition and Food Habits 15
2 Traditional Health Beliefs and Practices 23
Worldview 23
What Is Health? 28
Disease, Illness, and Sickness 31
Pluralistic Health Care Systems 39
3 Intercultural Communication 43
Role of Communication in Health Care 43
Intercultural Communication Concepts 47
Successful Intercultural Communication 54
Intercultural Nutrition Education 62
4 Food and Religion 67
Western Religions 68
Eastern Religions 82
5 Native Americans 89
Cultural Perspective 89
Traditional Food Habits 94
Contemporary Food Habits 107
6 Northern and Southern Europeans 113
Northern Europeans 113
Cultural Perspective 113
Traditional Food Habits 119
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 128
Southern Europeans 131
Cultural Perspective 132
Traditional Food Habits 135
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 143
7 Central Europeans, Russians, and Scandinavians 145
Central Europeans and Russians 145
Cultural Perspective 145
Traditional Food Habits 156
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 164
Scandinavians 167
Cultural Perspective 167
Traditional Food Habits 169
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 173
8 Africans 175
Cultural Perspective 175
Traditional Food Habits 183
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 192
9 Mexicans and Central Americans 199
Mexicans 199
Cultural Perspective 199
Traditional Food Habits 204
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 212
Central Americans 219
Cultural Perspective 219
Traditional Food Habits 221
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 225
10 Caribbean Islanders and South Americans 227
Caribbean Islanders 227
Cultural Perspective 227
Traditional Food Habits 233
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 239
South Americans 243
Cultural Perspective 243
Traditional Food Habits 246
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 253
11 Chinese, Japanese and Koreans 255
Chinese 255
Cultural Perspective 256
Traditional Food Habits 261
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 271
Japanese 275
Cultural Perspective 275
Traditional Food Habits 278
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 284
Koreans 286
Cultural Perspective 287
Traditional Food Habits 290
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 295
12 Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders 299
Southeast Asians 299
Cultural Perspective 299
Traditional Food Habits 307
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 320
Pacific Islanders 325
Cultural Perspective 325
Traditional Food Habits 328
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 334
13 Greeks and Middle Easterners 339
Cultural Perspective 339
Traditional Food Habits 345
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 357
14 Asian Indians 361
Cultural Perspective 361
Traditional Food Habits 366
Contemporary Food Habits in the United States 377
15 Regional Americans 381
American Regional Food Habits 381
The Northeast 383
The Midwest 395
The South 406
The West 426
Glossary of Ethnic Ingredients 443
Resources 451
References 457
Index 482
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