New Books Network

Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, “Branding Japan’s Food: From Meibutsu to Washoku” (U Hawaii Press, 2020)
Katarzyna J. Cwiertka and Yasuhara Miho’s Branding Japan’s Food: From Meibutsu to Washoku (University of Hawaii Press, 2020) explores historical and contemporary practices of place branding through food in Japan. The book’s narrative centers on the event that precipitated its writing, namely, the 2013 addition of “Washoku, traditional dietary cultures... Read More
E. Engelhardt and L. Smith, “The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian Table” (Ohio UP, 2019)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Elizabeth Engelhardt, co-editor of the new collection The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell: Contemporary Appalachian Tables (Ohio University Press, 2019), also edited by Lora Smith and published by Ohio University Press. We are also joined by Courtney Balestier who is... Read More
Louis A. Pérez, “Rice in the Time of Sugar: The Political Economy of Food in Cuba” (UNC Press, 2019)
In his book, Rice in the Time of Sugar: The Political Economy of Food in Cuba (UNC Press, 2019), Louis A. Pérez, Jr. explores how Cuba’s dependency on the sugar economy also made the island’s population dependent on food imports like rice. Despite efforts to diversify agricultural production and produce rice... Read More
Witold Szabłowski, “How to Feed a Dictator” (Penguin, 2020)
If you’re a despot, there are two people you can’t lie to, your doctor and your chef. This is one of the nuggets explained to me by Witold Szabłowski, author of How to Feed a Dictator: Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot Through the Eyes of... Read More
Mythri Jegathesan, “Tea and Solidarity: Tamil Women and Work in Postwar Sri Lanka” (U Washington Press, 2019)
In recent years, commodity chain analysis – the scholarly effort to piece together the production and consumption ends of various commodities – has really taken off. For goods ranging from cotton to coffee & tobacco to tea, scholars have brought cultivators and laborers into the same frame as factory workers,... Read More
Phoebe Lickwar and Roxi Thoren, “Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes” (Routledge, 2020)
Phoebe Lickwar and Roxi Thoren‘s book Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes (Routledge, 2020) situates agriculture as a design practice, using a wide range of international case studies and analytical essays to propose lessons for contemporary landscape architects who are interested in integrating agriculture into their designs. Agricultural processes, technologies,... Read More
David Lebovitz, “Drinking French” (Ten Speed Press, 2020)
Few experiences can top sitting in a Parisian cafe and watching the world go by, a glass of something at your elbow. But if you’ve ever gone inside the cafe and confronted the battalion of beautiful bottles behind the bar, you may have come to the reluctant conclusion that there... Read More
Conor Picken and Matthew Dischinger, “Southern Comforts: Drinking and the US South” (LSU Press, 2020)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Conor Picken and Matthew Dischinger about their edited collection, Southern Comforts: Drinking and the US South from Louisiana State University Press’s Southern Literary Studies Series. This collection of seventeen essays focuses on the mythologies and representations of alcohol production, distribution, and consumption... Read More