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Food Studies: Matter, Meaning, Movement

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David Szanto

Amanda Di Battista, Wilfrid Laurier University

Irena Knezevic, Carleton University

Copyright Year: 2022

ISBN 13: 9781778060304

Publisher: eCampusOntario

Language: English

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Reviewed by Anthony Palmiscno, Visiting Assistant Professor, Loyola Marymount University on 2/9/23

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

Reviewed by Precious Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Southern Oregon University on 11/28/22

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

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments 
  • Introduction
  • 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
  • Glossary
  • Recommended Citations



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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.

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