Forging Communities: Food and Representation in Medieval and Early Modern Southwestern Europe - Food and Foodways (Paperback)Montserrat Piera (author)
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This interdisciplinary study of food in medieval and early modern communities connects threads of history conventionally examined separately or in isolation. The intersection of foodstuffs with politics, religion, economics, and culture enhances our understanding of historical developments and cultural continuities through the centuries, giving insight that today, as much as in the past, we are what we eat and what we eat is never devoid of meaning.
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
Number of pages: 300
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
--Antonio Cortijo Ocana, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Forging Communities presents the reader with a wide-ranging collection of essays in which the individual authors draw from material as diverse as cookbooks, literature, and religious, scientific, and magical texts to explore the cultural meanings of medieval and early modern food practices. Crisscrossing boundaries between cultures and subcultures as well as between disciplines, this collection is a valuable addition to the growing conversation about how foodways can illuminate our understanding of the distant past, and how food can create, bridge, and define communities."
--Marie A. Kelleher, California State University, Long Beach
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