The Oxford Handbook of Food History by Jeffrey M. PilcherThe Oxford Handbook of Food History by Jeffrey M. Pilcher

The Oxford Handbook of Food History

EditorJeffrey M. Pilcher

Paperback | April 13, 2017

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Food matters, not only as a subject of study in its own right, but also as a medium for conveying critical messages about capitalism, the environment, and social inequality to diverse audiences. Recent scholarship on the subject draws from both a pathbreaking body of secondary literature andan inexhaustible wealth of primary sources - from ancient Chinese philosophical tracts to McDonald's menus - contributing new perspectives to the historical study of food, culture, and society, and challenging the limits of history itself. The Oxford Handbook of Food History places existing works in historiographical context, crossing disciplinary, chronological, and geographic boundaries while also suggesting new routes for future research. The twenty-seven essays in this book are organized into five sections: historiography,disciplinary approaches, production, circulation, and consumption of food. The first two sections examine the foundations of food history, not only in relation to key developments in the discipline of history itself - such as the French Annales school and the cultural turn - but also inanthropology, sociology, geography, pedagogy, and the emerging Critical Nutrition Studies. The following three sections sketch various trajectories of food as it travels from farm to table, factory to eatery, nature to society. Each section balances material, cultural, and intellectual concerns,whether juxtaposing questions of agriculture and the environment with the notion of cookbooks as historical documents; early human migrations with modern culinary tourism; or religious customs with social activism. In its vast, interdisciplinary scope, this handbook brings students and scholars anauthoritative guide to a field with fresh insights into one of the most fundamental human concerns.
Jeffrey M. Pilcher is Professor of Food History at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His books include The Sausage Rebellion: Public Health, Private Enterprise, and Meat in Mexico City, 1890-1917; Food in World History; and Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of Mexican Identity, which won the Thomas F. McGann Memorial Priz...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of Food HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:538 pages, 9.61 × 6.61 × 1.18 inPublished:April 13, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0190628243

ISBN - 13:9780190628246


Editorial Reviews

"Some of the greatest living food historians--Ken Albala, Warren Belasco, and Carole Counihan, to name a few--have contributed essays in their fields of expertise. This volume highlights the multiple interdisciplinary approaches to the study of food history and areas of future research... abrilliant contribution." --CHOICE