About FoodAnthropology

About this blog

FoodAnthropology is the blog of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, a section of the American Anthropological Association.  Members of SAFN can use this blog to discuss the distinctive insights anthropology brings to anything even vaguely related to food, nutrition and, of course, their own research.  As such, posts and comments reflect the work and opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition.

The Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN), formerly known as the Council on Nutritional Anthropology (CNA), was organized in 1974 in response to the increased interest in the interface between social sciences and human nutrition. SAFN has the following objectives:

  • To encourage research and exchange of ideas, theories, methods and scientific information relevant to understanding the socio-cultural, behavioral and political-economic factors related to food and nutrition;
  • To provide a forum for communication and interaction among scientists sharing these interests and with other appropriate organizations;
  • To promote practical collaboration among social and nutritional scientists at the fields and program levels.

For contributors

The main contributors to FoodAnthropology are the members of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition.

If you are not a SAFN member, you should join here: https://foodanthro.com/join-safn/

Submit blogposts that are not book reviews to David Beriss at dberiss@gmail.com

If you are a member of SAFN and would like to participate, here are a few general guidelines:

  • Keep the style relaxed.  This is a blog, not an academic journal.  Of course, you can write substantive and serious stuff.  Just don’t get carried away with jargon.
  • Try not to exceed 1000 words.
  • We only accept original work.
  • Keep citations to a minimum.  Use references only when you need them to avoid plagiarism or when you are recommending or reviewing something.
  • We really like links to other sites more than citations.  But make sure they work before you send in a blog entry.
  • Pictures are highly encouraged.  Keep them formatted for the web.
  • All entries must be signed.  Individual authors will be responsible for their own work (although if you are brilliant, we will all look good, so be brilliant.)

Instructions to Book Reviewers

 The goal of the book review section is to keep members of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition apprised of the latest literature on subjects related to food studies, nutrition, agriculture, and global issues. Writing a review is an important service to our discipline, and we are grateful to all who volunteer to do so.

Reviews should ideally be at least 750 words in length, and should both summarize the book’s contents and identify the strengths and/or weaknesses of the manuscript. GIVEN THAT THIS IS A BLOG, LONGER REVIEWS, OR REVIEWS THAT INCORPORATE OTHER MATERIALS SUCH AS AUTHOR INTERVIEWS, ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED. It is helpful if the review highlights who would be the most appropriate audience for the book – undergraduate or graduate students? Professionals?

Each review should begin with the following information:

  • Book Title in Italics. Author’s name. Publisher. Date
  • Reviewer’s Name
  • Reviewer’s Institutional Affiliation

After the body of the review is completed, the author should include full bibliographical references to any published works cited in the body of the review. Bibliographical information should follow standard AAA format, which can be found at:


Reviews should be submitted to the book review editor, who reserves the right to edit reviews before publication. Completed reviews should be forwarded as an email attachment to David Sutton dsutton@siu.edu