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Description - African American Foodways by Anne L. Bower

Ranging from seventeenth-century West African fare to contemporary fusion dishes using soul food ingredients, the essays in this book provide an introduction to many aspects of African American foodways and an antidote to popular misconceptions about soul food. Examining the combination of African, Caribbean, and South American traditions, the volume's contributors offer lively insights from history, literature, sociology, anthropology, and African American studies to demonstrate how food's material and symbolic values have contributed to African Americans' identity for centuries. Individual chapters examine how African foodways survived the passage into slavery, cultural meanings associated with African American foodways, and the contents of African American cookbooks, both early and recent. Contributors are Anne L. Bower, Robert L. Hall, William C. Whit, Psyche Williams-Forson, Doris Witt, Anne Yentsch, Rafia Zafar.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252076305
ISBN-10: 0252076303
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anne L. Bower

Anne L. Bower, retired from the English department of the Ohio State University-Marion, is the editor of, and a contributor to, Recipes for Reading: Community Cookbooks, Stories, Histories and serves on the editorial board of Food and Foodways.

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