Foodways and Folklore: A Handbook

Foodways and Folklore: A Handbook

by Jacqueline S. Thursby

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In every land, various traditions, customs, and legends have developed around food. And because these diverse traditions are central to the multicultural character of the United States, ethnic foodlore permeates American society. From early Native American cultures to the modern influx of Asian and Middle Eastern immigrants, this book is an accessible introduction to foodlore and foodways. Culturally and ethnically inclusive, from soul food to Navaho fry bread, the volume looks at basic Jewish and Islamic food traditions and Asian, Latin, and European influences on the foods of America. The book begins with definitions and classifications of food folklore. This is followed by a range of examples and texts, along with a review of research on foodlore. The book then looks at foodlore in the works of artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and others. The volume closes with a glossary and bibliography of print and electronic resources. While the book focuses on the foodways of the United States, in doing so it also gives considerable attention to the ethnic food traditions fundamental to American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313341748
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/30/2008
Series: Greenwood Folklore Handbooks Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jacqueline S. Thursby is Professor of English at Brigham Young University. Her previous books include Story: A Handbook (Greenwood, 2006).

Table of Contents


One: Introduction

Two: Definitions and Classifications

Three: Examples and Texts

Four: Scholarship and Approaches

Five: Contexts



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