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A Reader for Writers

Deborah H. Holdstein and Danielle Aquiline

Publication Date - 08 December 2014

ISBN: 9780199385683

512 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

In Stock

Read. Write. Oxford. Covers food's relationship to such topics as memory and identity, politics and health, the environment and economy, and travel and worldviews.


Read. Write. Oxford.

From the hearty dishes of the American South to hotly debated GMOs, Food: A Reader for Writers serves up articles from a wide range of cultures, economic strata, and moments in time. It covers food's relationship to such topics as memory and identity, politics and health, the environment and economy, and travel and worldviews.

Developed for courses in first-year writing, Food: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and cultural reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and analytical strategies required to participate effectively in discussions about food and culture.

Food: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief, single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.

About the Author(s)

Danielle Aquiline is Assistant Professor of English at Oakton Community College.

Deborah H. Holdstein is Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago.

Table of Contents

    1. Food as Memory and Identity
    M.F.K. Fisher, "The Gastronomical Me." An Excerpt
    Sheila Squillante, "Four Menus." from Brevity
    Douglas Bauer, "What Was Served." from Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie
    Shoba Narayan, "The God of Small Feasts." Gourmet.com
    Roy Ahn, "Home Run: My Journey Back to Korean Food." Gastronomica
    David Sedaris, "Tasteless." The New Yorker
    2. Food and Environment
    Wendell Berry, "The Pleasures of Eating." from What Are People For?
    Peter Meehan, "Seafarming at the End of the World." Lucky Peach
    Joel Salatin, "Sowing Dissent (Interview with Tracy Frisch)." Sun Magazine
    Todd Kliman, "The Meaning of Local." Washingtonian.com 2013
    Jon Entine and JoAnna Wendel, "2000+ Reasons Why GMOs Are Safe to Eat and Environmentally Sustainable." Forbes
    Robin Mather, "The Threats from Genetically Modified Foods." MotherEarthNews.com
    Hank Shaw, "On Killing." Honest-food.net 2011
    3. The Politics of Food
    David Foster Wallace, "Consider the Lobster." Gourmet
    Julie Guthman, "Can't Stomach It: How Michael Pollan et al. Made Me Want to Eat Cheetos." Gastronomica
    Psyche Williams-Forson, "Suckin' the Chicken Bone Dry: African American Women, History, and Food Culture." Cooking Lessons: The Politics of Gender and Food
    William Roseberry, "The Rise of Yuppie Coffees and the Reimagination of Class in the United States." American Anthropologist
    Riddhi Shah, "Men Eat Meat, Women Eat Chocolate: How Food Gets Gendered." Salon
    B. R. Myers, "The Moral Crusade Against Foodies." The Atlantic
    4. Food and Health
    David Zinczenko, "Don't Blame the Eater."The New York Times
    Michael Pollan, "Our National Eating Disorder." The New York Times
    Jennifer Wehunt, "The Food Desert." Chicago Magazine
    Patricia Allen, "The Disappearance of Hunger in America." Gastronimica
    Courtney E. Martin, "How to Address Obesity in a Fat-Phobic Society." Alternet.com
    John Seabrook, "Snacks for a Fat Planet." The New Yorker
    Marion Nestle, "School Food, Public Policy, and Strategies for Change." Ecoliteracy.org
    5. Food and American Culture
    Brett Martin, "Good Food Everywhere." An Excerpt from Gentleman's Quarterly
    Beverly Cox and Clara Sue Kidwell, "A Native American Thanksgiving." LA Times
    Josephine Beoku-Betts, "We Got Our Way of Cooking Things: Women, Food, and Preservation of Cultural Identity Among the Gullah." Gender and Society
    Jack Hitte, "A Confederacy of Sauces." The New York Times
    Jason Sheehan, "There's No Such Thing as Too Much Barbecue." National Public Radio
    Food Stamps: Two Perspectives
    Bill Turque, "Montgomery Officials Try Eating for $5 a Day." Washington Post
    Jim Geraghty, "Lawmakers' Headline-Grabbing Food Stamp Diet." National Review
    6. Food, Travel, and World Views
    Lisa Heldke, "Let's Eat Chinese! Reflections on Cultural Food Colonialism." Gastronomica
    Pico Iyer, "Daily Bread." A Moveable Feast
    Tim Cahill, "The Rooster's Head in the Soup." A Moveable Feast
    Coleman Andrews, "Venice: Everything Comes from the Sea." Departures.com
    Anthony Bourdain, "Dead Heads." Lucky Peach
    Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats." Hungry Planet
    Jane Kramer, "The Food at Our Feet." The New Yorker
    Anya Von Bremzen, "The Last Days of the Czars." Excerpt from Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking
    Appendix A. Epilogue--Cooking and Culture (Recipes)
    Appendix B. Researching and Writing About Food Sample Student Paper

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