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Food in the USA: A Reader Paperback – November 7, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0415932325 ISBN-10: 0415932327 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415932327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415932325
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone who has wondered just what food means to Americans, this volume is indispensable. Carole M. Counihan has compiled an important collection of articles that explores American food in all its diversity and examines its larger meanings in U.S. society and beyond. Both those who decry and those who celebrate American foodways will find much of value in this volume, which convincingly demonstrates the importance of food studies to any understanding of national culture.
–Darra Goldstein, Editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture

Food in the USA includes cutting-edge essays on a variety of topics.. Among the recent collections of readings on food and society, this is the most extensive.
–William Whit, author of Food and Society: A Sociological Approach

An exceptionally strong collection.I'd like to place my order now!.
–Warren Belasco, editor of Food Nations

The U.S. is so extraordinary in its food habits, food industries and overarching global power that one can hardly overdo this subject....A useful and popular reader.
–Sydney Mintz, author of Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom

About the Author

Carole Counihan is a Professor o Anthropology and the Director of Women's Studies at Millersville University in Millersville, PA. She is currently senior editor of Food and Foodways journal. Her previous books include Food and Culture: A Reader and The Anthropology of Food and Body, both published by Routledge.

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Carole M. Counihan is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Millersville University in Pennsylvania and Visiting Professor of Food Anthropology in the Boston University MLA program in Gastronomy. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she earned a BA in history cum laude from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. Counihan's research centers on food, culture, gender, and identity in the United States and Italy. She conducted fieldwork in Bosa (Sardinia) and Florence (Tuscany), Italy during the 1970s and 1980s, and published "Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family and Gender in Twentieth Century Florence" in 2004. Long fascinated with women's complex relationship with food and body, she explored gender, food, body, reproduction, and culture in her book "The Anthropology of Food and Body: Gender, Meaning, and Power" (Routledge, 1999). She is editor of "Food in the USA: A Reader" (Routledge 2002); with Penny Van Esterik, of "Food and Culture: A Reader" (Routledge 1997, 2008, 2013); and with Psyche Williams-Forson of "Taking Food Public: Redefining Foodways in a Changing World" (Routledge 2012). She conducted fieldwork from 1996-2006 in a Hispanic community in Colorado, collecting food-centered life histories from nineteen women. Based on this research and supported by a 2005-2006 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, she authored "A Tortilla Is Like Life: Food and Culture in the San Luis Valley of Colorado" (University of Texas Press, 2009). She is editor of the scholarly journal "Food and Foodways." Counihan is currently conducting an ethnographic research project on food activism in Italy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G-Money on January 29, 2012
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I purchased this book for a class and it was quite interesting. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the cultural aspects of food in America.
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