In this fifth issue of the Journal, Editor-in-Chief Emily Contois seeks to define food studies and why it matters, particularly during our current political climate.
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.
To understand how restaurants are catalysts for cultural adaptation, Noah Allison uses GIS software to map Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, New York City’s geographically largest borough and the nation’s most ethnically and racially heterogeneous county, where over 150 different languages are spoken.
In this Food-Stuff piece, Emely Vargas writes a letter to her mom: “Let me tell you why my brother David, a man growing up in our Hispanic family that frequently practices stereotypical gender roles, would voluntarily take the chance of burning rice, undercooking chicken, and hearing all the criticism that comes with using a pan…”
In this Food-Stuff piece, Jonathan Biderman reviews the documentary film, “Tsukiji Wonderland,” and shares his own experiences visiting Tsukiji Market in Tokyo, “the ultimate pilgrimage destination for all cooks.”
Sarah Huang reviews Nora McKeon’s “Food Security Governance: Empowering Communities, Regulating Corporations,” which provides a food system analysis to understand the history of food issues from World War II to present time, from local food systems to global commodity chains.
Rituparna Patgiri writes that Utsa Ray’s “Culinary Culture in Colonial India” is an attempt to understand the relationship between the urban middle class in colonial Bengal and its cuisine.