Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies

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Warren James Belasco, Philip Scranton, Emeritus Board of Governors Professor Philip Scranton
Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Featuring the work of some of the most established scholars in the food studies field, Food Nations looks at the connections between food, culture, and commerce. The essays in this collection pick at what we eat for all its ideological and political implications, such as Foodscapes in Los Angeles, the politics of the California avocado, or the cultural subtext of baby food.

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A collection of essays spanning the nineteenth century into the modern era, each attempting to trace the origins of some food or food-related cultural practice. Most are unsuccessful. There are two ... Read full review

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Food Matters Perspectives on an Emerging Field
Food and Eating Some Persisting Questions
Rituals of Pleasure in the Land of Treasures Wine Consumption and the Making of French Identity in the Late Nineteenth Century
Eddie Shack Was No Time Horton Donuts and the Folklore of Mass Culture in Canada
Food and Nationalism The Origins of Belizean Food
Inventing Baby Food Gerber and the Discourse of Infancy in the United States
How the French Learned to Eat Canned Food 18091930s
Searching for Gold in Guacamole California Growers Market the Avocado 19101994
As American as Budweiser and Pickles? NationBuilding in American Food Industries
Comida sin par Consumption of Mexican Food in Los Angeles Foodscapes in a Traditional Consumer Society
Industrial Tortillas and Folkloric Pepsi The Nutritional Consequences of Hybrid Cuisines in Mexico
Berlin in the Belle Epoque A FastFood History
Food and the Politics of Scarcity in Urban Soviet Russia 19171941
Notes on the Contributors

Untangling Alliances Social Tensions surrounding Independent Grocery Stores and the Rise of Mass Retailing

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About the author (2002)

Warren Belasco is Professor of American Studies at University of Maryland and one of the leading scholars in food studies. He is the author of Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry.

Philip Scranton is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University and research director at the Hagley Museum and Library. He is the author or editor of six books, including Endless Novelty: Specialty Production and American Industrialization.

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