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Rice and Beans provides an excellent examination and deep insight into the important and varied roles these food play in the diets, lives, and cultures of people across the Americas. Jane Fajans, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University This book fills a gap in the food literature by focusing upon a dish which is widely found in the Americas. The authors use historical, economic and cultural explanations to analyse not only the reasons for ubiquity of this dish, but also its regional variations and links with ethnicity, class and nation-state. Pat Caplan, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Goldsmiths, University of London This is an academically-focussed collection of essays looking at various aspects of rice and beans, a meal that is very popular in a broad area encompassing Western Africa, the Caribbean and North, South and Central America. Various theories are espoused as to how two simple staple items could be unique in their own right yet combined into a "different" dish shared by many countries, such as a common history, links to slavery and other trades... You won't get a lot of recipes or be a better cook, but you will be more informed and knowledgeable after reading it. Yum.fi

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An exploration of the dish around the world, from the culinary variances of this inherently local dish from cultures across Brazil to West Africa, to a broader account of the universal significance and symbolism of Rice and Beans as a cultural cornerstone amidst forces of globalization and nation-building. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847889042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847889041
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many people will recognise rice and beans as a dish that features in their favourite ethnic cuisine, possibly with a slightly different name but nonetheless the dish being principally rice and beans. Many will swear that this dish originated from their country and that everyone else adapted it along the way. What is the truth? Does it matter?

This is an academically-focussed collection of essays looking at various aspects of rice and beans, a meal that is very popular in a broad area encompassing Western Africa, the Caribbean and North, South and Central America. Various theories are espoused as to how two simple staple items could be unique in their own right yet combined into a "different" dish shared by many countries, such as a common history, links to slavery and other trades. Even historical events, such as a fleeing Portuguese prince seeking refuge in Brazil who needed to find how to quickly and affordably feed an army, are shown as a key introducer to the dish for a whole new country.

Clearly this book is not going to be for everyone, yet it need not be solely confined to those who study matters such as food science, anthropology or history. The essays are capable of being enjoyed by a "generalist" as well as each essay is totally independent to each other, linked only by a common theme. For those who require the detail there is, as one would expect, a mass of bibliographic references for further research.

One cannot give a universal recommendation to this book through no fault of its own. You won't get a lot of recipes or be a better cook, but you will be more informed and knowledgeable after reading it. If it matches you interests or needs then it will deliver!
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