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Eataly World: Bringing Production to Consumers

There is little doubt that increasing numbers of consumers around the world are showing enthusiastic interest for Italian food. Ingredients and dishes are featured in stores and restaurants, while home cooks familiarize themselves with regional traditions and culinary techniques. The 2015 Milano Expo reinforced the prominence of Italian gastronomy, stimulating producers, exporters, chefs, and even […]

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Dollie Johnson in the White House kitchen (circa 1890)

African Americans, food, and the White House: the value of diversity

We have just witnessed the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States. Not knowing what the political future of the country holds, we are trying to make sense of the signals that the new president gave during the campaign and the transition. Based on his cabinet choices, his impromptu pronouncements on twitter, and […]

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January Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

A cookbook is a historical and political document.  Think about it. Pick up any cookbook and you will learn as much about the economic forces of its time as you would from any history book. What do the recipes tell you about the demographics of its preferred audience? What is their class? Their social standing? […]

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Domino sugar ad, 1950s

December Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

In January of 1974, a five-pound bag of sugar cost 85 cents; by year-end, just in time for the office cookie exchange, the price of the same five-pound bag increased to $2.35.  The trend was driven by a complicated combination of geopolitical events, including bad weather that wiped out crops, changes in domestic subsidies, import […]

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Ensenada: gastronomy and creativity in Baja California

Baja California is a stunning place, with its desert landscapes next to surfing locations, the sprawling vineyards of the Valle de Guadalupe a short drive away from both the mountains and the beaches. Its gastronomy is on the rise. The year-round availability of great produce and fresh seafood, as well the recent growth of its […]

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Mussolini harvesting wheat

Fascist Pigs: Food and Totalitarism

Food has become an increasingly visible arena where individuals, communities, and nations debate and define their cultural identity, their social standing, their political outlook, and their economic success. Crops turn into commodities on the stock market, while trade regulations determine the fate of entire regions. Public concerns and the debates that emerge from them range […]

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Feasting Our Eyes through Food Films

Food is not only good to eat; it is also increasingly enjoyed through media that range from one’s smartphone to cinema. In today’s popular culture, food’s visual representations play a role as relevant as its actual consumption, allowing for new forms of sharing and circulation. A specific contemporary way of looking at food is easily […]

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Food Studies in Trump’s United States

  The morning after Election Day, I found myself in a very small college town in rural Pennsylvania where people were celebrating the victory of their candidate. That forced me to accept the fact that, more or less, 50% of those who cast their vote have not only supported Trump as next president of the […]

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Via NYPL Digital Collection of WPA Art

November Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

Can you believe it? It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts. Thanksgiving is upon us, and the shopping season will begin in earnest with the dreaded Black Friday mayhem. Here’s a thought: if you’re here, it’s because you’re interested in food. You care about how your meals are prepared, where your ingredients come from, […]

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October Market Report, by Stacey Harwood-Lehman

Attention culinary historians of the 2516!  If you think you know what we’re eating today by looking at our food blogs and Instagram feeds, think again. Those perfectly lighted snapshots are more likely to document the occasional splurge or special occasion indulgence than our daily bread. We don’t take pictures of the bowl of Cocoa […]

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