The Meaning of Food

The Meaning of Food

by Patricia Harris, Sue McLaughlin, David Lyon
     
 

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"Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you who you are." --Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Every living thing needs food to survive, but for humans, food has a much deeper and more complex significance. This beautifully illustrated, thought-provoking book explores the role of food in our lives, going on location to thirteen ethnic communities across the United States and

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"Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you who you are." --Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Every living thing needs food to survive, but for humans, food has a much deeper and more complex significance. This beautifully illustrated, thought-provoking book explores the role of food in our lives, going on location to thirteen ethnic communities across the United States and examining, through stories, pictures, and interviews with food experts, the many ways that food is an expression of our humanity. It parallels a three-part PBS series hosted by acclaimed New York chef Marcus Samuelsson.

From an Italian-American wedding in San Diego to a Mexican-American family's Christmastime tradition of making holiday tamales, The Meaning of Food delves into the ways that food binds us to family and culture. It looks in on a Jamai Shasthi ceremony, in which foods promoting fertility are fed to the sons-in-law of a Bengali family in California. It accompanies a woman to South Carolina's coastal lowlands as she explores her Geechee heritage, making red rice with a culinary historian. It enters the kitchen of an East Texas Czech family as they prepare for this year's kolache bake-off. It explains the anthropological signficance behind these and other vignettes, revealing the importance of culinary tradition and celebrating our cultural diversity as expressed through food.

The Meaning of Food speaks for the revival of the kitchen and the table as centers of pleasure, culture, and community. With 15 recipes, including several developed by Marcus Samuelsson specifically for the series, and more than one hundred color photos, many of them captured from the series footage, it will be a wonderful addition to the library of anyone interested in food and culture.

"There is communion of much more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine is drunk." --M.F.K. Fisher

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762738373
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Edition description:
First
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Harris and David Lyon are the authors of several books and hundreds of articles about food and travel, including several articles and radio pieces about food anthropology. They were the founding restaurant reviewers for Microsoft's Boston Sidewalk. They live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Sue McLaughlin, president of Pie in the Sky Productions, is the series creator and executive producer of the PBS series The Meaning of Food. She has more than a decade of experience overseeing large-scale national and international documentary series. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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