Food, Medicine, and the Quest for Good Health by Nancy N. Chen
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Food, Medicine, and the Quest for Good Health
By Nancy N. Chen

Food, Medicine, and the Quest for Good Health

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Food, Medicine, and the Quest for Good Health by Nancy N. Chen

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What we eat, how we eat, where we eat, and when we eat are deeply embedded cultural practices. Eating is also related to how we medicate. The multimillion-dollar diet industry offers advice on how to eat for a better body and longer life, and avoiding harmful foods (or choosing healthy ones) is considered separate from consuming medicine--another multimillion-dollar industry. In contrast, most traditional medical systems view food as inseparable from medicine and regard medicinal foods as the front line of healing. Drawing on medical texts and food therapy practices from around the world and throughout history, Nancy N. Chen locates old and new crossovers between food and medicine in different social and cultural contexts. The consumption of spices, sugar, and salt was once linked to specific healing properties, and trade in these commodities transformed not just the political economy of Europe, Asia, and the New World but local tastes and food practices as well. Today's technologies are rapidly changing traditional attitudes toward food, enabling the cultivation of new admixtures, such as nutraceuticals and genetically modified food, that link food to medicine in novel ways. Chen considers these developments against the evolving food regimes of the diet industry in order to build a framework for understanding diet as individual practice, social prescription, and political formation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231134842
ISBN-10: 0231134843
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 140mm x 18mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nancy N. Chen

Nancy N. Chen is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (on leave) and is now teaching at Scripps College. A medical anthropologist, she also teaches courses on food, gender and health, ethnographic film, China, and Asian Americans.

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