What FoodAnthropology is Reading Now, Dec 15 Edition

Happy December 15, everyone! Here are some of the interesting things we read this week. If you have a link you’d like to share, please email it to LaurenRMoore@uky.edu. Thanks to those who have contributed links!

Anthropological research was in the news this week, with recent findings tracing millet’s path through Eurasia, showing how nomadic groups combined millet with foraging in hilly regions: Millet: The missing link in prehistoric humans’ transition from hunter-gatherer to farmer

Food scientists at Cornell University published research showing that eating with coworkers can positively affect working relationships: Breaking Bread With Coworkers May Boost Work Performance, Team Collaboration

BBC Radio 4 features a Food Programme, and the current episode is on “Food Museums” and is a fascinating look at how they display and curate their contents. Visiting France? Don’t miss the prune museum!: Food Museums

Though I missed it in my Thanksgiving round-up, there was an interview with anthropologist Merry White about Thanksgiving history and traditions: Anthropologist Explains Evolution of Thanksgiving

A new book, Food and Femininity, examines “how women negotiate food ideals and practices in their everyday lives”: A Full Plate: Rutgers-Camden Researcher Explores Food and Femininity in New Book

Eater had a fascinating article about how American vegans and vegetarians are taking on “butcher culture”: How Vegans and Vegetarians Are Redefining Butcher Culture

The USDA has an ongoing “Women in Ag” series, with monthly interviews of women in agriculture. This month features Dr. Lois Wright Morton, professor of sociology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University: In Conversation with #WomeninAg: Dr. Lois Wright Morton

In honor of Hanukkah, we have a short history of latkes from 2011 (along with a recipe for delicious-sounding cheese latkes): Discover the History of Latkes During Hanukkah

Food52 has a fun interactive map of “Cookies of the World”: Cookies of the World

It’s dated, but still fascinating: Smithsonian Magazine has a history of eggnog, originally published in 2013. Did you know it involved West Point cadets and a riot?: Egg Nog: It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Starts a Holiday Riot

And, finally, National Geographic had an article about how changing diets are impacting Japan’s rice cultivation: As Diets Change, Traditional Japanese Rice Harvest Declines


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