In the wake of the quinoa boom, hundreds of articles were published in the mainstream media regarding the ethicality of the transnational quinoa trade. In this article, Victoria Albert evaluates these pieces, and argues that simplistic dichotomies of good/bad and exploitative/not exploitative obscure more legitimate concerns regarding environmental degradation and socioeconomic inequality.
Kendall Vanderslice carries out an experiment inspired by autoethnographic technique and collective biography. In this article, she uses embodied research methods to discover the different ways four women feel friendships form over the course of four meals shared together, as well as how the sharing of spatial knowledge while cooking and eating together contributes to flows of power.
Following kosher laws in Israel can demonstrate commitment to religion and signify belonging to the nation. In this article, Claudia Raquel Prieto Piastro examines how different people interpret and live kosher laws in Israel and the importance they give to them in their everyday lives.
Jessica Galen scrutinizes current cheese consumption recommendations for pregnant women to elucidate their semantic and scientific shortcomings. She also provides a framework for authorities to develop a new set of recommendations that gives pregnant women a clear path for making safe and delicious cheese selections.
The rhetoric produced by “local” as a cartographic measurement in the Locavore genre suggests that different spatial rhetorics are required to reflect lived experience and understanding of spatiality. It is crucial to understanding the complexities and challenges for the members of the Locavore community.
Can cookbooks be racist? This paper examines the controversy surrounding Thug Kitchen and the word’s liminal state in American English, using feminist and critical race theory to discuss language tensions in black and white America, particularly in the realm of food culture.
This paper examines the regulatory framework of mobile food vending in New York City, drawing upon an analysis of popular media articles, civil codes, and government documents. Research reveals a web of municipal and state agencies that regulate mobile food vending, whose requirements are arguably both draconian and overly burdensome.
This paper demonstrates how as Europe became the site of the battle for hearts and minds, the cornucopia-like symbols of the fridge, kitchen, and supermarket were used in print, film, and exhibitions to articulate American values and way of life abroad.
This essay investigates how the Roma use food to define the self in contraposition to non-Roma communities and move from a focus on traditional Roma cuisine toward a broader analysis of the gastronomic “contaminations” between Roma and non-Roma populations, traditional culinary knowledge, and gender roles.
This article discusses the implications of the 2013 EU horse meat scandal, not only for consumers, but all actors in the food supply chain, including governments and retailers.