Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food / Edition 1

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Overview


"Warren Belasco is a witty, wonderfully observant guide to the hopes and fears that every era projects onto its culinary future. This enlightening study reads like time-travel for foodies."—Laura Shapiro, author of Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America

"In his insightful look at human imaginings about their food and its future sufficiency, Warren Belasco makes use of everything from academic papers, films, and fiction to journalism, advertising and world’s fairs to trace a pattern of public concern over two centuries. His wide-ranging scholarship humbles all would-be futurists by reminding us that ours is not the first generation, nor is it likely to be the last, to argue inconclusively about whether we can best feed the world with more spoons, better manners or a larger pie. Truly painless education; a wonderful read!"—Joan Dye Gussow, author This Organic Life

"Warren Belasco serves up an intellectual feast, brilliantly dissecting two centuries of expectations regarding the future of food and hunger. Meals to Come provides an essential guide to thinking clearly about the worrisome question as to whether the world can ever be adequately and equitably fed."—Joseph J. Corn, co-author of Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future

"This astute, sly, warmly human critique of the basic belly issues that have absorbed and defined Americans politically, socially, and economically for the past 200 years is a knockout. Warren Belasco’s important book, crammed with knowledge, is absolutely necessary for an understanding of where we are now."—Betty Fussell, author of My Kitchen Wars

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In his latest book, Belasco (American studies, Univ. of Maryland Baltimore Cty.; Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry) surveys the history of thinking about the future of the food supply and modern culture. Will an overpopulated planet run out of food, will science find a way to feed more people, or will society find a way to overcome scarcity and share the bounty? Belasco explores this seemingly modern debate that began over 200 years ago with Thomas Malthus, William Godwin, and the Marquis de Condorcet. He examines past policies, statistical projections, science fiction, World's Fair displays, supermarkets, and even Disney World's Tomorrowland, looking for false predictions of the future of food. Particularly amusing is an account of "chlorella cuisine," an algae-based food source project sponsored by major research institutions such as the Rockefeller Foundation and Stanford University. While Belasco doesn't commit to making any predictions on the future of food himself, this history of the debate between Malthusians and cornucopians provides intriguing background on humanity's anxiety regarding the food supply. Recommended for academic collections and large public libraries.-Pauline Baughman, Multnomah Cty. Lib., Portland, OR Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520250352
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/18/2006
  • Series: California Studies in Food and Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 393
  • Sales rank: 1,294,224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Warren Belasco, Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is author of Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry and Americans on the Road: From Autocamp to Motel and coeditor of Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies.
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Table of Contents


Preface

PART I. DEBATING THE FUTURE OF FOOD: THE BATTLE OF THE THINK TANKS
1. The Stakes in Our Steaks
2. The Debate: Will the World Run Out of Food?
3. The Deep Structure of the Debate

PART II. IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF FOOD: SPECULATIVE FICTION
4. The Utopian Caveat
5. Dystopias

PART III. THINGS TO COMEE: THREE CORNUCOPIAN FUTURES
6. The Classical Future
7. The Modernist Future
8. The Recombinant Future

Postscript
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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