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This collection of essays addresses obsessions with food: humans’ consuming need for sensual pleasure and their nagging fears of their appetites’ potential for abuse. Editor and clinical psychologist Rubin goes so far as to diagnose in America a national eating disorder. Americans’ approach toward consumption runs the gamut from purchasing mass-marketed organic produce at the local Wal-Mart to cheering on uncontrolled gluttons at competitive-eating contests. Eating has become an oft-treated subject for the arts, as revealed in a close analysis of Ang Lee’s film Eat Drink Man Woman. Television’s wildly popular Food Network puts on view a trove of images about contemporary eating mores and the evolution of cooking into sheer entertainment. In one of the anthology’s most unexpected and novel entries, Jim Thomas talks about the role of food in America’s ever-growing prisons. And Guillaume de Syon ruminates on what airline food says about today’s attitudes toward travel. --Mark Knoblauch

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Lawrence C. Rubin is professor of counselor education at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida and a practicing psychologist. He is the editor of Psychotropic Drugs and Popular Culture (2006) and lives in Fort Lauderdale.
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