In a work brimming with fresh insights about contemporary American food media and culture, Contois shows how the gendered world of food production and consumption has influenced the way we eat and how food itself is central to the contest over our identities.
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Contois has demonstrated that there is much fertile ground for considering how, why, and where the trope of 'the dude' functions and the arguments remain engaging throughout the entirety of Diners, Dudes, and Diets. She makes a significant contribution to food studies, gender studies, and cultural studies by deftly weaving an analysis of gendered power dynamics with observations of race, class, sexuality, age, and disability at important consumer culture sites.--Kathleen LeBesco, coeditor of The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture
Contois's focus on 'dude masculinity' is original and will make an important contribution to the fields of food studies and gender studies insofar as it complicates our understanding of the gendering of food--its production, distribution, and consumption--food media, and cultural narratives around the idealized male and female body and dieting.--Peter Naccarato, coeditor of The Bloomsbury Handbook of Food and Popular Culture