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Comfort Food Meanings and Memories Edited By Michael Owen Jones and Lucy M. Long

Saturday, May 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jesse A. Fivecoate
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Comfort Food Meanings and Memories, edited by Michael Owen Jones and Lucy M. Long, explores the concept of comfort food with examples taken from Atlantic Canadians, Indonesians, the English in Britain, and various ethnic, regional, and religious populations as well as rural and urban residents in the United States. This volume includes studies of particular edibles and the ways in which they comfort or in some instances cause discomfort. The contributors focus on items ranging from bologna to chocolate, including sweet and savory puddings, fried bread with an egg in the center, dairy products, fried rice, cafeteria fare, sugary fried dough, soul food, and others.

Several essays consider comfort food in the context of cookbooks, films, blogs, literature, marketing, and tourism. Of course what heartens one person might put off another, so the collection also includes takes on victuals that prove problematic. All this fare is then related to identity, family, community, nationality, ethnicity, class, sense of place, tradition, stress, health, discomfort, guilt, betrayal, and loss, contributing to and deepening our understanding of comfort food.

This book offers a foundation for further appreciation of comfort food. As a subject of study, comfort food is relevant to a number of disciplines, most obviously food studies, folkloristics, and anthropology, but also American studies, cultural studies, global and international studies, tourism, marketing, and public health.

For more information about the book, visit http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/2061.

 



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