Food in the USA: A Reader / Edition 1

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From Thanksgiving to fast food to the Passover seder, Food in the USA brings together the essential readings on these topics and is the only substantial collection of essays on food and culture in the United States. Essay topics include the globalization of U.S. food; the dangers of the meatpacking industry; the rise of Italian-American food; the meaning of Soul food; the anorexia epidemic; the omnipotence of Coca-Cola; and the invention of Thanksgiving. Together, the collection provides a fascinating look at how and why we Americans are what we eat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415932325
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 442
  • Sales rank: 1,278,462
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Counihan is a Professor o Anthropology and the Director of Women's Studies at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. She is currently senior editor of Food and Foodways journal. Her previous books include Food and Culture: A Reader and The Anthropology of Food and Body, both published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Food and the Nation 3
2 The Taste of Y2K 15
3 Eating American 23
4 What Do We Eat? 35
5 The Invention of Thanksgiving: A Ritual of American Nationality 41
6 Future Notes: The Meal-in-a-Pill 59
7 The American Response to Italian Food, 1880-1930 75
8 The Origins of Soul Food in Black Urban Identity: Chicago, 1915-1947 91
9 The Nutritional Impact of European Contact on the Omaha: A Continuing Legacy 109
10 Consumer Culture and Participatory Democracy: The Story of Coca-Cola during World War II 123
11 "Farm Boys Don't Believe in Radicals": Rural Time and Meatpacking Workers 143
12 The Rise of Yuppie Coffees and the Reimagination of Class in the United States 149
13 Islands of Serenity: Gender, Race, and Ordered Meals during World War II 171
14 The Passover Seder: Ritual Dynamics, Foodways, and Family Folklore 193
15 Continuity and Change in Symptom Choice: Anorexia 205
16 "A Way Outa No Way": Eating Problems among African-American, Latina, and White Women 219
17 Diabetes, Diet, and Native American Foraging Traditions 231
18 The Contemporary Soup Kitchen 239
19 The Signifying Dish: Autobiography and History in Two Black Women's Cookbooks 249
20 "To Eat the Flesh of His Dead Mother": Hunger, Masculinity, and Nationalism in Frank Chin's Donald Duk 263
21 "We Got Our Way of Cooking Things": Women, Food, and Preservation of Cultural Identity among the Gullah 277
22 Food as Women's Voice in the San Luis Valley of Colorado 295
23 Food, Masculinity, and Place in the Hispanic Southwest 305
24 Who Deserves a Break Today? Fast Food, Cultural Rituals, and Women's Place 315
25 The International Political Economy of Food: A Global Crisis 325
26 China's Big Mac Attack 347
27 NAFTA and Basic Food Production: Dependency and Marginalization on Both Sides of the US/Mexico Border 359
28 New Agricultural Biotechnologies: The Struggle for Democratic Choice 373
29 Hunger in the United States: Policy Implications 385
30 Growing Food, Growing Community: Community Supported Agriculture in Rural Iowa 401
Contributors 409
Permissions 415
Index 417
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