One of the greatest rewards of my position as editor of Gastronomica is that I have a front-row seat to the many developments taking place in studies of food.
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In this issue: Did Israel Invent the Cherry Tomato?; The Mikoyan Mini-Hamburger; The Place of Pork Buns in Manila’s Chinese History; Nostalgia and the Rise of Critical Southern Food Studies; and more!
How do we make sense of foods on the move? Mobile foods have proved to be intriguing points of departure for food scholars and food enthusiasts alike.
In this issue: Rescuing Taste From the Nation: Oceans, Borders, and Culinary Flows; Banking on Wild Relatives to Feed the World; and more!
I am writing this letter from Moscow, where I am spending a few days visiting friends. I was eager to return after a year away, not simply to catch up with loved ones but also to find out what was happening with Russia’s food scene following the bans on foreign food products that were instituted last summer and the recent reports about fake foods and the destruction of contraband food imports.
In this issue: An Interview with Antonio Mattozzi; Waste, Incorporated; Black Women’s Food Work as Critical Space; What Are You Eating??; Creative Reflections: Book Reviews, and more!
On December 11, 2014, James C. Scott gave a Distinguished Lecture in the Food Studies Centre at SOAS, University of London. On the following day, Scott answered questions put to him by Harry G. West, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Food Studies Centre; Celia Plender, doctoral student in anthropology; and other SOAS students.
This issue of Gastronomica presents a diverse collection of pieces that are meant to enlighten, provoke, and inspire. Above all, these are pieces that start with conventional wisdom about food, food studies, and food scholars, and then present alternatives that challenge how we think about food and practice food research.
In this issue: An Interview with James C. Scott; Thinking Critically about Academic–Industry Collaborations; The Pastoral Imaginary of California’s (Non)Dairy Farming; Creative Reflections: Book Reviews, and more!
It has become commonplace to think of food in terms of rights, including the right to access basic sustenance, the right to healthy food, and the right to culturally appropriate food. This idea that access to food is a right has been enshrined in the policies of many governments and organizations…