Whether because of its necessity, pleasure, or ubiquity, the world of food (and its lore) proves endlessly fascinating to most people. The story of food is a narrative filled with both human striving and human suffering. However, many of today’s diners are only dimly aware of the human price exacted for that comforting distance from the lived-world realities of food justice struggles. With attention to food issues ranging from local farming practices to global supply chains, this book examines how food’s history and geography remain inextricably linked to sociopolitical experiences of trauma connected with globalization, such as colonization, conquest, enslavement, and oppression.
The main text is structured alphabetically around a set of 70 ingredients, from almonds to yeast. Each ingredient’s story is accompanied by recipes. Along with the food profiles, the encyclopedia features sidebars. These are short discussions of topics of interest related to food, including automats, diners, victory gardens, and food at world’s fairs. This project also brings a social justice perspective to its content—weighing debates concerning food access, equity, insecurity, and politics.
- Consolidates the historical and geographical "backstory" of common foods and ingredients
- Poses possibilities in terms of the ways food studies can contribute to building a more inclusive, equitable, and humane world
- Considers the future of food, as informed by phenomena from climate change to global pandemic
- Includes adapted recipes with an in-depth analysis of ingredients