Tasting Food, Tasting Freedom: Excursions Into Eating, Culture, and the Past

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Beacon Press, 1996 - 149 pages
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A renowned anthropologist explores the history and meaning of eating in America.




Addressing issues ranging from the global phenomenon of Coca-Cola to the diets of American slaves, Sidney Mintz shows how our choices about food are shaped by a vast and increasingly complex global economy. He demonstrates that our food choices have enormous and often surprising significance.
"A buffet of information."


— Gael McCarthy, The New York Times
"A collection of thoughtful. . . . essays. [Mintz's] writing is intellectually lively and stylistically colorful."


—Colman Andrews, Saveur
 

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Mintz has drawn on his academic training as an anthropologist, his father's interest in food, and his mother's interest in politics to produce this relatively short yet scholarly analysis of "what ... Read full review

Contents

Food and Its Relationship
2
Tasting Food Tasting Freedom
33
The Conquest of Honey by Sucrose
50
Sugar and Morality
67
Color Taste and Purity
84
Eating American
106
Notes
125
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About the author (1996)

Sidney W. Mintz, author of Worker in the Cane, Carribbean Transformations, and Sweetness and Power is professor of anthropology at Johns Hopkins University.

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