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Tasting food, tasting freedom : excursions into eating, culture, and the past

Author: Sidney W Mintz
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, ©1996.
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"Food is a central element of expression in all cultures. What and how we eat, and with whom, reveals much about our desires and relationships. In Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom, Sidney W. Mintz shows how our choices about food are shaped by a vast and increasingly complex global economy. Taking as examples everything from sugar's ascendance over honey as the most commonly used sweetener to the worldwide distribution  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mintz, Sidney Wilfred, 1922-
Tasting food, tasting freedom.
Boston : Beacon Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)607573001
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sidney W Mintz
ISBN: 0807046280 9780807046289 0807046299 9780807046296
OCLC Number: 33665651
Description: xix, 149 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Food and its relationship to concepts of power --
Tasting food, tasting freedom --
The conquest of honey by sucrose --
Sugar and morality --
Color, taste, and purity --
Cuisine: high, low, and not at all --
Eating American.
Responsibility: Sidney W. Mintz.

Abstract:

"Food is a central element of expression in all cultures. What and how we eat, and with whom, reveals much about our desires and relationships. In Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom, Sidney W. Mintz shows how our choices about food are shaped by a vast and increasingly complex global economy. Taking as examples everything from sugar's ascendance over honey as the most commonly used sweetener to the worldwide distribution of Coca-Cola, Mintz demonstrates how our consumption of a food can be shaped by a variety of external forces, including moral judgments and the demands of war." "Mintz goes on to argue that even under the most severe constraints, our choices can hold enormous significance for us. The title essay explores the way enslaved Africans' creative adaptation of their cuisine to New World conditions offered a symbolic hope of freedom. Other essays probe contemporary American eating habits: Why does the average weight of Americans keep increasing, even as dieting and healthy eating become more popular? Is there such a thing as an American cuisine? Should it matter to us?"--Jacket.
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