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Digest, vol. 2, Available Online

Monday, August 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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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.

The newest issue can be found at

From the editors:

We 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.

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