Measured Meals: Nutrition in America

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Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.
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Overview

Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language.
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“Given the prominence of caloric monitoring in American society today, Jessica J. Mudry’s Measured Meals is an important and overdue historical evaluation of the rise of quantitative epistemologies surrounding food and eating … Measured Meals makes a substantial contribution to discourses about food.” — Gastronomica

“…a thoughtful, well-researched work that serves as an excellent resource for understanding the complexities involved in Americans’ relationship to food and nutrition.” — CHOICE

“This is a fascinating rhetorical criticism and history of our cultural addiction to quantification as a means of communicating about food and eating.” — Kathleen LeBesco, coeditor of Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791493823
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica J. Mudry is Assistant Professor of Science and Technical Communication at Concordia University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction
Eating by Numbers: How Language Shapes Food and Eating

2. The Early History of American Nutrition Research: From Quality to Quantity

3. Reading Federal Nutrition Guides: Quantification as Communication Strategy

4. The Food Pyramid: Visualizing Quantification

5. Scaling the Pyramid: Criticisms of the USDA

6. Talking about Taste: Alternatives to a Discourse of Quantification

7. Conclusion
Rethinking Common Sense: Toward a Rhetoric of Eating Notes

References
Index

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