What FoodAnthropology Is Reading Now: May 26th Edition

May 26, 2016: Hello FoodAnthropology Readers,

We have a short but worthwhile round up for you this week. As always, if you have a link you’d like to see included, please send it to LaurenRMoore@uky.edu with a short blurb.

From NPR, journalist Kat Chow considers her father’s use of the term “Oriental” to describe Asians, in the context of his own history as a sometime owner of a Chinese restaurant and her experience working in a Chinese/Italian fusion restaurant herself: My ‘Oriental’ Father: On the Words We Use to Describe Ourselves.

If you’re going to be in the Detroit area this weekend, you may want to check out the conference Eating Insects Detroit: Exploring the Culture of Insects as Food and Feed, which will take place at Wayne State University May 26-28.

How has food assistance for poor people been linked to work in the new American welfare landscape? Maggie Dickinson explores this question in the latest issue of American Ethnologist: Working for Foodstamps: Economic Citizenship and the Post-Fordist Welfare State in New York City

Emily Contois taught a course on Food and Gender in US Popular Culture this year at Brown University. Her students produced a fascinating blog: Food and Gender in US Popular Culture.

And in a related (with a gender focus) development, check out this article about a new television show focusing on women in farming: New “FarmHer” TV Show Features the Rock Star Women of Agriculture.

Rhubarb is, in the opinion of at least one of this blog’s editors, clearly a culinary gift from the gods to humanity. The leaves, however, are poison. How poison? Read the fascinating story here: Does Rhubarb Deserve Its Killer Reputation?

Following up with more fruit (and following up on last week’s reference to a banana museum), it is time to debunk the banana history we think we know: Bananas!.

The latest episode of Gravy, the podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance, explores food and environmental racism in Mossville, Louisiana. Listen here: What’s Growing in Mossville?

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