Food Studies: Matter, Meaning, Movement
Amanda Di Battista, Wilfrid Laurier University
Irena Knezevic, Carleton University
Copyright Year: 2022
ISBN 13: 9781778060304
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This text presents a wide variety of approaches and topics that are relevant to food studies today. The presentation of such discussions are done so in a way that provokes critical thinking and student interaction with the text. I appreciate that... read more
This text presents a wide variety of approaches and topics that are relevant to food studies today. The presentation of such discussions are done so in a way that provokes critical thinking and student interaction with the text. I appreciate that the discussions on ideas such as identity, place-designations, and indigeneity are included to demonstrate that food and its study does not exist in a vacuum, rather it manifests at an intersection of various cultural phenomena. Food Studies: Matter, Meaning, Movement promotes an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological approach to the field while engaging students with relevant, current case studies.
The amount of research that has gone into this book is commendable. Student's supplementary bibliographies show the depth and expertise of the editors and contributors of this text. I feel that this book contributes to and effectively summarizes debates happening between scholars of food studies.
The "Case" sections presented are particularly compelling, as they demonstrate the relevance of critical discussion in the field of food studies. The multimedia and popular culture references will help students to see the importance of taking a critical approach to food production and consumption. The multimedia element further achieves this task through multimodal interaction.
The prose of this textbook is clear and concise, and I find it appropriate for a wide variety of audiences at the university level. I am looking forward to incorporating this piece into a food studies course, as it effectively theorizes and deconstructions the topics of discussion that we have during class in terminology that is accessible.
The glossing of critical vocabulary was one of the highlights of this book. Such definitions make the reading accessible to all students, no matter their background in food studies. The further explanation of important terminology and frameworks allow students to stay engaged with the chapter or section that they are reading without having to navigate to an external site. Further, this work presents a consistent framework of the various approaches that we take in the field of food studies.
The modules of this text follow a consistent pattern, which I appreciate. This adds a structure that students can learn to expect and feel comfortable with as they progress through the work.
Overall, I think that the organization and repetition of structure in each module is effective. The only improvement that could be made, in my opinion, is the creation of headers to organize the larger themes of the book, such as identity, sustainability, and denominations of origin, would help students with guideposts to better facilitate their learning.
The navigation of this textbook was flawless, as I had no problems opening links, watching videos, or interacting with the multimedia of the work.
The grammar of this book is accurate and did not impede my experience as I was reading. I thought that the thoughts shared by the contributors were done in a way that was clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
This text is indeed culturally-rich, as it provides a wide range of perspectives and voices to discuss the pertinent debates and topics of the book. I appreciate discussions on indigeneity, intercultural interactions, and social class that brings to the forefront notions of intersectionality to the study of food.
This is an incredibly inclusive book ranging from topics on breastfeeding, illustrating food, to eating insects. The diverse voices and narratives of this book create such a wide-range of perspectives of food and cultures and the power structures... read more
This is an incredibly inclusive book ranging from topics on breastfeeding, illustrating food, to eating insects. The diverse voices and narratives of this book create such a wide-range of perspectives of food and cultures and the power structures that align with our access and views towards food.
This text has an incredible amount of chapters and each of its authors bring their specialties. The range of approaches to the authors' research areas range from foci on nutrition to migrant workers so each authors' methods of research are different. Due to the diverse approaches of research, this book allows itself to be interdisciplinary. Because this text is composed of so many chapters and authors, the book itself is more of an introduction to the wide array of topics relating to food and culture, and should be used as more of a myriad of inquiries than a pathway or guidebook to a single type of methodology.
There are chapters in this book that address covid-19 and its relationship with food and health. This text is very relevant. There are chapters such as "Household Foodwork," "Breast Milk: Past, Present, and Future" "From Charity to Solidarity: Food Insecurity and Managing Other Worlds," and more that address the relationships between health, culture, food, and the pandemic. This book was published during the same year as this review is being written so the timeliness of topics is very relevant.
As previously mentioned, this text is an introduction to numerous topics relating to food. It's an in-depth look at what food, health, and culture are to many people, but no an in-depth look at a single topic. Readers will be able to grasp the main ideas and will be introduced to the foundational authors and publications of food, culture, nutrition, and history.
Due to the diverse approaches of so many authors, there are different perspectives of the relationships and representations of food -- but this is a good thing. Power structures and perspectives are embraced in the narratives of food so there is diversity in author's viewpoints and the way they approach their research.
This text is definitely modular and various chapters can be used and applied in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary ways. Chapters can be selected for courses relating to food as well as intercultural communication, international studies, media studies, gender studies, history, and economics.
The organization of this book works well, however it could use a bit more organization such as a section addressing identity, a section addressing media representation, and so on. Otherwise, it feels like a pretty organized text.
The photos, graphs, and visuals are all a little different since this book is a compilation of so many others but I really appreciated the wide array of photos, illustrations, and images.
Food Studies: Matter, Meaning, Movement, does a wonderful job of incorporating the work of so many writers into a profession and academic text.
This textbook is extremely relevant. The areas of indigenous cultures, veganism, food allergies, and more seem to engage in diverse cultural inquiries. The amount of topics can be endless as we are a world that has so many pathways but this text provides a global look at the development, production, and negotiation of how we view food in relationship to our cultural identities.
Table of Contents
- How to use this book
- Submissions and Review
- Adopting this Book
- Accessibility Statement
- About the Editors
- Creative: Illustrating Food, Ali Kenefick
- Creative: Poetics and Politics, David Szanto
- Perspective: Food and Identity, Kate Gardner Burt
- Case: Japanese Food Identity, Maya Hey
- Creative: Food Practices Photo Essay, Lynn M. Walters
- Case: 'Reading' Menus, L. Sasha Gora
- Creative: Tasting 'Authenticity,' Annika Walsh and fin-xuan lee
- Case: Foood in Samoa, Garrett Hillyer
- Perspective: Place-Based Designations, Eden Kinkaid
- Creative: Food Tours, Natalie Doonan
- Perspective: Food Meanings, Marylynn Steckley
- Perspective: Gastronomy, Stan Blackley and Donald Reid
- Case: Food ni Kyrgyzstan, Christian Kelly Scott and Guangqing Chi
- Creative: Street Food Vendors, Vincent Andrisani
- Case: School Lunchtimes, Yukari Seko and Lina Rahouma
- Creative: Collaborative Eating Performances, Annika Walsh
- Perspective: Food Relationships, Sara Rotz
- Creative: Poems for Pollniatoors, Andrea Elena Noriega
- Case: Food and Folklore, Lucy Long
- Perspective: Household Foodwork, Mary Anne Martin and Michael Classens
- Creative: Making Mead, Joshua Steckley
- Perspective: Nutrition Paradigms, Alissa Overend
- Perspective: Eating Healthy, Jennifer Brady
- Activity: Classifying Food, Erin Sperling and Sara Scharf
- Creative: The Foodish Gaze, Annika Walsh
- Perspective: Food Allergies, Janis Goldiie
- Creative: Form and Matter, Annika Walsh
- Perspective: Salt, Liam Cole Young
- Case: Artisan Cheese, Amy Trubek
- Perspective: Disordered Eating, Danyael Lutgens and Andrew Ryder
- Case: Superfood Advertising, Anne F. MacLennan and Irena Knezevic
- Perspective: Breast Milk, Janet Colson
- Perspective: Food Insecurity, Michael Classens and Mary Anne Martin
- Creative: Food System Blues, Faris Ahmed and Tommy Wall
- Creative: Food Waste, Pamela Tudge
- Perspective: Food Access, Laine Young
- Case: Food Rescue, Leda Cooks
- Perspective: Financialization of Food, Phoebe Stephens
- Creative: Solidarity for Food Businesses, Annika Walsh
- Perspective: Fair Trade, Eefje De Gelder
- Case: Migrant Farm Workers, Courtney Jane Clause
- Case: Pollinator Ecologies, D. Susan Willis Chan and Jennifer Marshman
- Perspective: Pollinators and People, Jennifer Marshman and D. Susan Willis Chan
- Creative: Ode to Pollinators, Andrea Elena Noriega
- Case: Community Gardens; Howard Rosing, Ben Helphand, and Amy DeLorenzo
- Case: Backyard Chickens, Johanna Wilkes
- Creative: Ode to Nature, Andrea Elena Noriega
- Perspective: Fisheries, Kristen Lowitt
- Creative: Foood Tarot Toolkit, Markéta Dolejšová
- Perspective: Digital Agriculture, Mascha Gugganig and Kelly Bronson
- Case: Food Traceability, Blue Miaoran Dong
- Case: Food Safety Act, Amanda Shankland
- Creative: A Last Supper, Stephanie Couey
- Case: Meat in Literature, Stephanie Couey
- Perspective: Meat and Materiality, Kristie O'Neill
- Case: Food and Art, Edward Whittall
- Perspective: Sustainable Protein; Ryan Katz-Rosene, Andrew Heffernan, and Anil Arora
- Perspective: Eating Insects, Laura Shine
- Case: Veganism and Morality, Melissa Montanari
- Creative: Herding Humans, Annika Walsh
- Recommended Citations
About the Book
Food Studies aims to help readers understand and address numerous issues within food, food culture, and food systems. These subjects transcend disciplinary boundaries and call attention to how matter, meaning, and movement produce complex and dynamic food-human realities. Chapters range from sovereignty to breastfeeding, financialization to food porn, pollination to fair trade. Embedded throughout, art, poetry, illustration, and audiovisual works offer moments to reflect on and synthesize the text-based entries. Through reading, classroom discussion, and engaging with the extensive pedagogical tools, learners and teachers alike may acquire a new sense of things foodish—along with a new sense of their own place and role within food systems themselves.
About the Contributors
David Szanto is a freelance academic working across a number of institutions and within several roles. He has taught food studies, gastronomy, and communications at universities in Australia, Canada, and Italy, in both undergraduate and graduate programs. A former book editor and marketing-communications professional, he has 15 years of experience in the corporate, media, and non-profit sectors. In addition to teaching, David works as a project manager, writer, and editor, and has extensive online and digital development experience. He served as Project Manager and Co-Editor of Food Studies, and is also the co-editor of the OER Showing Theory to Know Theory: Understanding social sciences concepts through illustrative vignettes.
Amanda Di Battista is the Project Coordinator at the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and Director of Programs, Education, and Communications for the UNESCO Chair on Food, Biodiversity and Sustainability Studies, where she co-produces and hosts the food research podcast, Handpicked: Stories from the Field. She coedited Sustainable Food System Assessment: Lessons from Global Practice (Routledge 2020) and The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture in Canada (2016–2020). Amanda’s research focuses on postsecondary environmental pedagogy and she has taught environmental studies at the undergraduate level. She served as Pedagogic Editor and Co-Editor of Food Studies.
Irena Knezevic is an associate professor in Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where she oversees the Food and Media Hub research initiative. She is the lead editor of Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways (Springer 2017) and her work has appeared in journals of food, cultural, and communication studies, health research, and political ecology. Irena has taught food studies at college, university, and postgraduate levels, in communication studies, cultural studies, community development, and nutrition programs. She served as Co-Editor of Food Studies.