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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (2): 112–113.
Published: 01 May 2020
... challenges, including dependence on agrochemicals, increasing land val- ues, fluctuations in access to an experienced labor force, and the constant threat of climate change. Guthman follows the course she helped chart in the field of critical food studies in her first two monographs, bridging agrarian...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (2): 113–114.
Published: 01 May 2020
... less available, laborers who are paid piece rates increasingly expect robust production in order to make their desired wages. Guthman shows the ways that this expectation keeps growers tied to the process of soil fumigation in order to hold on to their best workers, despite the fact that such methods...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (2): 110–111.
Published: 01 May 2020
... processes. Further, as the workforce that growers have become accustomed to is less available, laborers who are paid piece rates increasingly expect robust production in order to make their desired wages. Guthman shows the ways that this expectation keeps growers tied to the process of soil fumigation in...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (2): 79–90.
Published: 01 May 2020
... article draws from data collected from over four hundred female American specialty coffee baristas to examine how their gender impacts their experiences at coffee competitions. I argue that barista competitions exist in order to legitimize the barista as a type of skilled laborer, but that these attempts...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (2): 111–112.
Published: 01 May 2020
... deeply contested and vulnerable under- taking. At the heart of her narrative is an industry on the brink of catastrophe, due to an interrelated set of challenges, including dependence on agrochemicals, increasing land val- ues, fluctuations in access to an experienced labor force, and the constant threat...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (2): 12–29.
Published: 01 May 2020
... in feudal Europe because of their libertarian self-sufficiency. Yet, they are now widely understood as completing their agricultural tasks with a broad deployment of slave or indentured labor as well as state-sponsored land acquisition and subsidized water and transportation infrastructure (Scholl...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 February 2020
... Global South, but not altogether irrele- vant as underlined in a recent study, The Informal American City: Beyond Taco Trucks and Day Labor (Mukhija and Loukaitou-Sideris 2014), that investigates garage sales, informal parking lots, community gardens, and so on.7 Yet today we are in the throes of new...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (1): 42–44.
Published: 01 February 2020
... painstakingly coat chickens with clay, cleaverslice silken tofu into the finest brunoise, and hand-fashion mounds of mooncakes and tiny dumplings. It may speak of shows of strength, of wealth, or labor costs, but certainly of gustatory priorities. Hotel kitchens in Ireland, operating on cost-based bottom lines...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (1): 93–95.
Published: 01 February 2020
... storage, and easier access to urban grocers that sold commer- cially canned goods (p.27). Canneries themselves inevitably reshaped human relations deskilled labor, creating oppor- tunities in rural areas, and boosting trust in scientific expertise (p.28). She uses studies of pea canneries in...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (1): 59–68.
Published: 01 February 2020
...). Excluded from this narrative are violent histories of Native dis- placement by white homesteaders, African American slave labor, and the low-paid Latinx farmworkers who harvest a ma- jority of U.S. crops often in conditions of extreme precarity. In this white farm imaginary, consumers are presented with...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (1): 46–58.
Published: 01 February 2020
... health s emphasis on harm reduc- tion because it creates public awareness about the existence of risk that individuals have no control over and adds an additional burden as people are expected to labor daily to protect their good health. Attending to some of the contextual concerns outlined above...
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Gastronomica (2020) 20 (1): 23–33.
Published: 01 February 2020
... or the Shi i imams. Such vow making through prayer and cooking and feeding is a cen- tral path for forging the right kind of blessed and pure kin rela- tions and thus of protecting kin. Even more, the labor of cooking votive food is itself a kind of labor through which one can accrue religious merit...
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Gastronomica (2019) 19 (4): 109–110.
Published: 01 November 2019
... destination of Porkopolis hams southern plantations. As Anderson points out, the largest consumers of Cincinnati pork were the cotton frontiers of the Mississippi Valley and rice plantations of coastal Savannah and Charleston. Since planters maximized land use and labor control to boost production for...
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Gastronomica (2019) 19 (4): 110–111.
Published: 01 November 2019
... system change while ignoring the pre- carious industrial farm labor that feeds the vast majority of the United States. However, The New Food Activism is much more than a foodie critique. Rather, with fourteen talented contributors, Alkon and Guthman skillfully weave together a much-needed and sobering...
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Gastronomica (2019) 19 (4): 108–109.
Published: 01 November 2019
... land use and labor control to boost production for distant mar- kets, they shunned food production on the farm. Instead, as one observer noted, they used the credit advanced by northern bankers for cotton bales to pay the hog-raiser in Ohio to feed their slaves (p.121). While pigs served the...
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Gastronomica (2019) 19 (4): 78–90.
Published: 01 November 2019
... features of Anchor s business model showed the brewery to be a hybrid of old and new. Or, more accurately, a new way of doing business informed by the old. Maytag based his strategy on impressions gained during his childhood proximity to large-scale production. Generations of craft brewers, in turn, took...
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Gastronomica (2019) 19 (4): 1–9.
Published: 01 November 2019
...). Bivins makes clear that he does not see the domestic servant as an inferior or oppressed laborer. To the contrary, Bivins writes in the introduction: It is said that the mother who rocks the cradle controls the nation, but the domestic who faithfully and intelligently serves her who rocks the cradle is...
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Gastronomica (2019) 19 (3): 60–66.
Published: 01 August 2019
... the anonymity of the indigenous females whose labor and agency go into making food traditions authentic, appealing, and UNESCOizable. However, the framing also underlines this erasure and makes it into a visible object. There is a tension here between the mooring in a specifically North African...
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Gastronomica (2019) 19 (3): 47–59.
Published: 01 August 2019
... foodstuffs such as butter and the territorial cheeses, like Cheshire and Lancashire, that they had long made. While the Milk Marketing Board had also sold cheeses made by small-scale producers, it had done so at fixed prices that failed to reward small producers for their intensive labor, making it...
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Gastronomica (2019) 19 (2): 16–28.
Published: 01 May 2019
... transforming who mediates and how we mediate. Consumers now double as mediamakers; often called co-creators, or prosumers, these new forms of interactive mediation influence labor practices and professional identities across industries. In the food world, this transition has been spurred onward by food TV and...