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NUT 120AN: Nutritional Anthropology

Food Culture - Selective Bibliography

Titles below were selected and annotated by Audrey Russek, Food and Wine Archivist, UC Davis Library Archives and Special Collections department.


Chrzan, Janet, and John A. Brett. Food Culture: Anthropology, Linguistics and Food Studies. Edited by Janet Chrzan and John A. Brett. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017.

Bower, Anne. Reel Food Essays on Food and Film. New York: Routledge, 2004. [solid examples of how to analyze food in film]

Leer, Jonatan, and Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager. Research Methods in Digital Food Studies. Edited by Jonatan Leer and Stinne Gunder Strøm Krogager. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2021.

Kiple, Kenneth F., and Kriemhild Coneè€. Ornelas. The Cambridge World History of Food. Edited by Kenneth F. Kiple and Kriemhild Coneè€. Ornelas. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000.  Volume 1 & Volume 2

Print books

Watson, James L, and Melissa L. Caldwell. The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating: a Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2005. [includes essay on grocery stores that pairs well with grocery store site observations: Purnima Mankekar, “’India Shopping’: Indian Grocery Stores and Transnational Configurations of Belonging”]  Shields Library GT 2850 .C853 2005 {currently checked out}

Counihan, Carole, and Valeria Siniscalchi. Food Activism, Agency, Democracy and Economy. Edited by Carole Counihan and Valeria Siniscalchi. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.  Shields Library HD 9000.5 .F5477 2014

Levent, Nina Sobol, and Irina D. Mihalache. Food and Museums. Edited by Nina Sobol Levent and Irina D. Mihalache. London: Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc, 2017. [solid examples of how to analyze food in museums]  Shields Library GT 2855 .F65 2017

Smith, Andrew F. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.  Shields Library, 2nd floor – Reference Collection TX 349 .O94 2004 Vols 1-2. [LIBRARY USE ONLY – chapters can be scanned or copied upon Digitization REQUEST]