Why We Study Food

American Studies Warren Belasco

I recently gave a lecture at the University of Mississippi exploring why food matters and why it’s important to study food from a historical and psychological approach. Thanks to the The Media and Documentary Projects Center for producing a video of the lecture:

Warren Belasco, “Why Food Matters” from UM Media Documentary Projects on Vimeo.

Belasco has written three widely followed books on food culture. His latest, “Food: The Key Concepts,” is a short textbook based on his food-related American Studies courses. “Meals to Come,” examines the future of the food supply and “Appetite for Change,” published in 1990, argued that the trend toward popularity of rice and tofu in the 1960s and ’70s indicated a shift in American culture that changed the country’s behavior toward food.



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