This book explores the intersection of food and foodways from global and local perspectives. The collection contributes to interdisciplinary debates about the role and movement of commodities in the historical and contemporary world. The expert contributions collectively address a fundamental tension in the emerging scholarly terrain of food studies, namely theorizing the relationship between foodstuff production and cuisine patterns. They explore a wide variety of topics, including curry, bread, sugar, coffee, milk, pulque, Virginia ham, fast-food, obesity, and US ethnic restaurants.
Local Foods Meet Global Foodways considers movements in context, and, in doing so, complicates the notions that food 'shapes' culture as it crosses borders or that culture 'adapts' foods to its neo-local or global contexts. By analysing the dynamics of contact between mobile foods and/or people and the specific cultures of consumption they provoke, these case studies reveal the process whereby local foods become global or global foods become local, to be a dynamic, co-creative development jointly facilitated by humans and nature.
This volume explores a vast expanse of global regions, such as North and Central America, Europe, China, East Asia and the Pacific, India, sub-Saharan Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, and the USSR/Russia. It includes a foreword by the eminent food scholar Carole Counihan, and an afterword by noted theorist of cuisine Rachel Laudan, and will be of great interest to students and researchers of history, anthropology, geography, cultural studies and American studies.
This book is based on a special issue of Food and Foodways.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Traversing the Local/Global and Food/Culture Divides, Carolyn de la Peña and Benjamin N. Lawrance.
2. ‘Milk for "Growth": Global and Local Meanings of Milk Consumption in China, India, and the United States’, Andrea S. Wiley.
3. ‘Appetites Without Prejudice: U.S. Foreign Restaurants and the Globalization of American Food Between the Wars’, Audrey Russek.
4. ‘Virginia Ham: The Local and Global of Colonial Foodways’, Megan E. Edwards.
5. ‘Making White Bread by the Bomb's Early Light: Anxiety, Abundance, and Industrial Food Power in the Early Cold War’, Aaron Bobrow-Strain.
6. ‘"To Avoid This Mixture": Rethinking Pulque in Colonial Mexico City’, Daniel Nemser.
7. ‘"To Make a Curry the India Way": Tracking the Meaning of Curry Across Eighteenth-Century Communities’, Stephanie R. Maroney.
8. ‘The "Coffee Doctors": The Language of Taste and the Rise of Rwanda's Specialty Bean Value’, Jenny Elaine Goldstein.
9. ‘Fast Food and Nutritional Perceptions in the Age of "Globesity": Perspectives from the Provincial Philippines’, Ty Matejowsky.
10. ‘A House of Honey: White Sugar, Brown Sugar, and the Taste for Modernity in Colonial and Postcolonial Indonesia’, G. Roger Knight.
11. Afterword, Rachel Laudan.
Benjamin N. Lawrance, Ph.D. is the Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed Chair of International Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. He is the author of Trafficking in Slavery’s Wake: Law and the Experiences of Women and Children in Africa (2012), Locality, Mobility, and ‘Nation’ (2007), Interpreters, Intermediaries and Clerks (2006), and The Ewe of Togo and Benin (2006).
Carolyn de la Peña is a Professor of American Studies and Director of the Humanities Institute at the University of California at Davis, USA. Her most recent book is Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda (2010).