The Food Movement, Culture, And Religion: A Tale Of Pigs, Christians, Jews, And Politics by Jonathan SchorschThe Food Movement, Culture, And Religion: A Tale Of Pigs, Christians, Jews, And Politics by Jonathan Schorsch

The Food Movement, Culture, And Religion: A Tale Of Pigs, Christians, Jews, And Politics

byJonathan Schorsch

Hardcover | February 2, 2018

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This book explores the cultural and religious politics of the contemporary food movement, starting from the example of Jewish foodies, their zeal for pig (forbidden by Jewish law), and their talk about why ignoring traditional precepts around food is desirable.  Focusing on the work of Michael Pollan, Jonathan Schorsch questions the modernist, materialist, and rationalist worldview of many foodies and discusses their lack of attention to culture, tradition, and religion.  

Jonathan Schorsch is Professor of Jewish Religious and Intellectual History at the Universität Potsdam and founder of the Jewish Activism Summer School, Germany.
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Title:The Food Movement, Culture, And Religion: A Tale Of Pigs, Christians, Jews, And PoliticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:121 pages, 21 × 14.8 × 0.03 inPublished:February 2, 2018Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319717057

ISBN - 13:9783319717050

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Jews, Christians and Pigs: A Brief History 
3. Jewish Foodies on Judaism 
4. Pollan on Culture and Religion 
5. Cosmological Cultures as Forms of Resistance 
6. Back to Those Pesky Dietary Laws 
7. Omnivory as a Universal Ideal 
8. When Eco-Kosher Pigs Fly 
9. Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"What a breath of fresh air. A necessary and spirited correction of the assumption that food choices are simply rational, secular decisions about what foods are good for our waistlines, our local economies or for animal welfare. If food is both sacred and culturally relevant, we need a broader context for reflecting on these issues and Jonathan generously and wisely provides a nuanced discussion open to all faiths and cultures. Read this book as an adventure in critical and compassionate thinking about food and its many roles in nourishing cultural and religious diversity, rather than succumbing to already rampant neo-liberal capitalism." (Gary Paul Nabhan, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Arizona, USA) "Should we endorse a vision of the human being as omnivorous?  Using the crucial issue of Jews's reluctance to eat pigs as a main example, Jonathan Schorsch gives us a superb analysis of the contemporary food movement and its efforts to resist the erosion of local mores, based on legitimate traditions and concerns." (Pierre Birnbaum, University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, France) "Absolutely superb! This book is timely, important, thought-provoking, and eminently readable.  I strongly commend it to everyone who eats." (Nigel Savage, Founder and Director, Hazon, New York, USA) "Schorsch's book is a striking intervention into contemporary food debates. Well written and erudite but also passionate, this book made me think in new ways about old questions about food taboos, about choice vs. tradition, and cosmopolitan vs. local eating. Would be great for classroom discussion and debate." (David Sutton, Southern Illinois University, USA)