Directly linking black political activism to both material and philosophical practices around food, Wallach frames black identity as a bodily practice, something that conscientious eaters not only thought about but also did through rituals and performances of food preparation, consumption, and digestion. The process of choosing what and how to eat, Wallach argues, played a crucial role in the project of finding one's place as an individual, as an African American, and as a citizen.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
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A landmark book. Wallach examines how conscientious blacks ate and how the work of eating intersected with the political work of social reform, offering new ways of understanding the massive importance of Booker T. Washington and W. E. B. Du Bois, among many others. Speaking to African American culinary heterogeneity, this book situates food studies as essential to understanding black political life and the drive for full citizenship."—Psyche Williams-Forson, author of Building Houses out of Chicken Legs