The Foodways Section of AFS announces the publication of the latest volume of Digest: a journal of foodways and culture. Digest is edited through the joint efforts of Memorial University in Newfoundland and Champlain College in Vermont.
are excited to bring you issue two of the new series of Digest. Just as in the
first issue, the papers represent directions of emerging foodways
scholarship; all of the articles and research notes in this issue are
contributed by graduate students or recent graduates. In bringing together a
range of diverse food communities including Gullah, Chinese American,
Southeastern Louisianan and Italian Canadian, and in considering the complex
intersections of traditional and popular culture, the authors document and
celebrate the complexities of food traditions that mingle and morph to create
new forms with new meanings. They also record the challenges of moving forward
to create sustainable models; the often flamboyantly elaborate groom’s cake of
Southeastern Louisiana weddings that Cherry Levin writes about stands in stark
contrast to the modest seeds nurtured by an earlier generation of Italian
immigrants described by Cristina Pietropaolo. Yet the papers here hold clues to
the future, from Anna Ralph’s model for feeding Philadelphia’s homeless to the
recognition that emerges from Nancy Yan’s exploration of the regional dish, Wor
Sue Gai, and Katie White’s examination of Gullah foodways, that food’s deep
connections to identity travel across space and time. Importantly, the papers
speak of hope and justice.
The Amuse Bouche section in this issue picks up
some of these themes in somewhat playful ways, embodied in historical food ads,
photographs of spicy chicken feet and temple oranges, and a recipe for sweet
orange marmalade that originated in a British manor house kitchen.