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1st Edition

Food Anthropology in India

  • Available for pre-order on April 3, 2023. Item will ship after April 24, 2023
ISBN 9780367354664
April 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
152 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores food in India and its evolution from pre-historic times to contemporary food trends while highlighting the intersections between culture, rituals, environment and the economy with food, ingredients and eating practices.

It looks at the history of food and food preferences in India by studying historical, medicinal and religious texts. The book analyses preferences and taboos from a social, anthropological, cultural, political and economic perspective, mapping how food practices influence and are influenced by religion, production and distribution, ecology and social class. It also examines consumption practices, problems with food production, agricultural distress, food and farming reforms, globalization of food, the adoption of sustainable practices and the future of farming, diets and eating.

Engaging and comprehensive, this book will be an essential read for scholars and researchers of anthropology, social and cultural anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, political studies, development studies and food studies.

Table of Contents




1 Introduction to Food Anthropology

2 History of Indian Food

3 Food Preferences and Taboos

4 Food and Religion

5 Food Rituals and Ritual in Foods 6 Food and Environment

7 Food – Nation and Politics

8 Globalization of Food

9 Food, Identity and social status

10 Future of Food


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Partho Pratim Seal is Associate Professor at the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) a unit of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India.