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"Yet another in this fantastic series from Greenwood….[f]ull of fascinating, carefully researched information."


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"In Food Culture in the Caribbean, Lynn Marie Houston draws heavily on the region's history to illustrate how the cuisine has developed. This is a well-researched and scholarly book that manages to be both accessible and quite enjoyable. Food Culture in the Caribbean is part of the Food Culture Around the World series, which includes Mexico, Japan, Italy and Spain. If the Caribbean edition is an indication of the standard of the series, then they're clearly worth checking out."


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Understand the diverse Caribbean cultures and their history through their foodstuffs, cooking, typical meals, celebrations, and diet and health.


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Product Details

  • Series: Food Culture around the World
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (June 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313327645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313327643
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,125,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynn Houston graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY with a triple major in Art History, English, and Spanish. Funded by a Fulbright grant, she studied in Switzerland and earned a degree from the University of Geneva. In 2003, she earned her Ph.D. in literature from Arizona State University.

In addition to authoring _Food Culture of the Caribbean_, Lynn co-authored _Reading Barbara Kingsolver_ and _Reading Joan Didion_ with two of her graduate students from California. She also has a piece of creative non-fiction included in the work _Storied Dishes_, edited by Linda Murray Berzok.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LVB on April 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Neatly organized. Seems like it was heavily edited to fit cookie cutter approach for the Series. Adequately researched where info seems high on facts and less on experience. Allowances should be made for author to qualify her research in her own preface or introduction, similar to how Higman qualified his research in Jamaican Food by saying that he would cover only a specific area. Not much about how people view food- connections with social relations, sexuality , religions (1 paragraph about Rastafarian and food), food taboos, economics ("trus" food at the grocery shop, undervalued cows which used to be a sign of wealth), linguistic and visual interactions (food metaphors in language and music and art). Nothing about Jewish traditions. The historical info can be found on the web or in a Food Reference book but it is nicely organized here and offer a decent intro to Foods in the caribbean. Being from the Caribbean, I learned a lot more about food as a way of life from the Culinaria Caribbean book.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nas on November 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I haven't read this book but after reading the line "Guyana, an ISLAND in the SPANISH caribbean has...garlic pork" in the preview, this author has lost validity as an expert of any sort on anything caribbean. She obviously couldn't even be bothered to google guyana (which is an ENGLISH SPEAKIN country on mainland SOUTH AMERICA)so why should i bother with anything else she has to say on the topic of caribbean food?
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