Edible Histories, Cultural Politics

Edible Histories, Cultural Politics

Towards A Canadian Food History

Book - 2012
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Univ of Toronto Pr
Sophisticated, culturally sensitive, and accessible, Edible Histories will appeal to students, historians, and foodies alike.

Just as the Canada's rich past resists any singular narrative, there is no such thing as a singular Canadian food tradition. This new book explores Canada's diverse food cultures and the varied relationships that Canadians have had historically with food practices in the context of community, region, nation and beyond.

Based on findings from menus, cookbooks, government documents, advertisements, media sources, oral histories, memoirs, and archival collections, Edible Histories offers a veritable feast of original research on Canada's food history and its relationship to culture and politics. This exciting collection explores a wide variety of topics, including urban restaurant culture, ethnic cuisines, and the controversial history of margarine in Canada. It also covers a broad time-span, from early contact between European settlers and First Nations through the end of the twentieth century.

Edible Histories intertwines information of Canada's 'foodways' – the practices and traditions associated with food and food preparation – and stories of immigration, politics, gender, economics, science, medicine and religion. Sophisticated, culturally sensitive, and accessible, Edible Histories will appeal to students, historians, and foodies alike.



Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2012
Description: xiv, 456 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781442612839
1442612835
9781442644762
1442644761
Branch Call Number: 394.120971 Edi

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ThomasLove
Mar 07, 2013

This book aims to enrich the limited cultural examinations of Canada through a "food lens" (one would imagine a food lens to be rather difficult to peer through, but I digress). The variety of the subjects are cute and interesting and should feed the minds of burgeoning 'foodies', but may fall short in sating serious researching minds.

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