What FoodAnthropology Is Reading Now: February 23rd Edition

Hello FoodAnthro readers, I hope you enjoy this week’s round up. Please send any links you’d like to share to LaurenRMoore@uky.edu.

Kathleen Purvis tosses some fighting words at other southern food writers, implying that non-southern men have taken over southern food journalism. “Try proposing Southern food articles on anything that doesn’t involve standing around big pits of burning wood and listening to the squeals of butchered pigs,” she writes in what might be a manifesto on gender and food writing. But, really, is this just a southern issue?   The Testosterone Takeover of Southern Food Writing

Then, you may want to read the Southern Foodways Alliance’s response to Purvis: Writing and Righting Wrongs

Gastropod released a podcast about baby food and learning to eat, which featured NYU food historian Amy Bentley and British food writer Bee Wilson, and discuss the formation of food likes and dislikes from an early age: First Foods: Learning To Eat

There was an article in The Washington Post about the impact of early-life poverty on cravings and food consumption in adulthood: The crippling thing about growing up poor that stays with you forever
I recently learned of a blog that may be of interest to FoodAnthro readers. Food writer Kat Kinsman has put together a remarkable site devoted to the mental health issues of the people who work in professional kitchens. This is a tough issue, highlighted by some prominent chef suicides, but beyond that, this site examines both the sorts of people who cook professionally and the impact restaurant work can have on people: Chefs with Issues

In old American movies, people always seem to be drinking coffee with their meals (not just breakfast and not just at the end of the meal). If you ever wondered why, here is a brief history of the rise and fall of coffee as the thing to drink with everything: When Coffee Was King

An article in The Conversation challenges the widespread idea that food cravings indicate a nutritional deficiency, and offers other research on cravings: Health Check: Do We Crave the Food Our Bodies Need?

Over at Civil Eats, there was an article about superfoods, labeling, and the nutritional claims made about them: Are ‘Superfoods’ Over?



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