Food is everywhere in contemporary mediascapes, as witnessed by the increase in cookbooks, food magazines, television cookery shows, online blogs, recipes, news items and social media posts about food. This mediatization of food means that the media often interplays between food consumption and everyday practices, between private and political matters and between individuals, groups, and societies.
This volume argues that contemporary food studies need to pay more attention to the significance of media in relation to how we 'do' food. Understanding food media is particularly central to the diverse contemporary social and cultural practices of food where media use plays an increasingly important but also differentiated and differentiating role in both large-scale decisions and most people's everyday practices.
The contributions in this book offer critical studies of food media discourses and of media users' interpretations, negotiations and uses that construct places and spaces as well as possible identities and everyday practices of sameness or otherness that might form new, or renew old food politics.
Table of Contents
Jonatan Leer and Karen Klitgaard Povlsen
Part One: Food Practices in the Media
2 Good Fare and Welfare: Perceptions of American and French Food in Postwar Cookbooks Caroline Nyvang
3 Transcultural Food and Recipes for Immigration Susanna Moodie and Cathrine Parr Traill (Vera Alexander)
4 Just A Happy Housewife? Michelle Obama, Food Activism and (African-)American Womanhood Katrine Meldgaard Kjær
5 ‘The Worst Mum in Britain’: Class, Gender and Caring in the Campaigning Culinary Documentary Joanne Hollows
6 Manning the Table: Masculinity and Weight Loss in U.S. Commercials
7 Homosocial Heterotopias and Masculine Escapism in TV-Cooking Shows
Part Two: Practices of Food and Media
8 ‘I (Never) Just Google’: Media and Food Practices Karen Klitgaard Povlsen
9 Everyday Mothering and the Media Food ‘Soup’: Comparing Contested Food and Mothering Across Genres in Two Different Social Contexts Bente Halkier
10 Food Across Media: Popular Food Contents among Children in Germany
11 Children Cooking Media Food: Exploring Media (Food) Literacy Through Experimental Methods Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager
12 Epilogue: Politics and the Future of Food and Media
Kathleen LeBesco and Peter Naccarato
Jonatan Leer is a Postdoc in the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. Karen Klitgaard Povlsen is Associate Professor in School of Culture and Communication: Media Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark.