New Books Network

Geoffrey Barstow, “Food of Sinful Demons: Meat, Vegetarianism, and the Limits of Buddhism in Tibet” (Columbia UP, 2018)
Tibetan Buddhism teaches compassion toward all beings, a category that explicitly includes animals. Slaughtering animals is morally problematic at best and, at worst, completely incompatible with a religious lifestyle. Yet historically most Tibetans—both monastic and lay—have made meat a regular part of their diet. In Food of Sinful Demons: Meat,... Read More
Ashanté M. Reese, “Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.” (UNC Press, 2019)
Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), by Ashanté M. Reese, examines the ways in which residents of the Deanwood neighborhood navigate the surrounding area to acquire food. Reese examines the historical processes that gave rise to the decrease of... Read More
Jennifer Jensen Wallach, “What We Need Ourselves: How Food Has Shaped African American Life” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with Jennifer Jensen Wallach about the her book Getting What We Need Ourselves: How Food Has Shaped African American Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). The book covers a wide chronology and geography from the continent of Africa pre-Transatlantic slave trade to lunch... Read More
Mark Winne, “Food Town USA: Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We Eat” (Island Press, 2019)
Cities are extremely complex institutions to understand and are continually changing. A central place to make sense of the complexities of a city is the food that is grown and sold in these areas.  Mark Winne, author of Food Town USA: Seven Unlikely Cities that are Changing the Way We... Read More
Aaron Hale-Dorrell, “Corn Crusade: Khrushchev’s Farming Revolution in the Post-Stalin Soviet Union” (Oxford UP, 2018)
In Corn Crusade: Khrushchev’s Farming Revolution in the Post-Stalin Soviet Union (Oxford University Press, 2018), Aaron Hale-Dorrell re-evaluates Khrushchev’s corn campaign as the cornerstone of his reformation programs. Corn was key to Khrushchev’s promises of providing everyone with the abundance required for achieving communism, which included the introduction of a... Read More
Carol J. Adams, “Burger” (Bloomsbury, 2018)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with Carol J. Adams about two new books: Burger, from the Object Lessons series by Bloomsbury (2018), and Protest Kitchen, a cookbook with over 50 vegan recipes and practical daily actions from Conari press. Both books were published in 2018. Audiences probably... Read More
A. Lakhtikova, A. Brintlinger, and I. Glushchenko, “Seasoned Socialism: Gender and Food in Late Soviet Everyday Life” (Indiana UP, 2019)
In their introduction to Seasoned Socialism: Gender & Food in Late Soviet Everyday Life (Indiana University Press, 2019), Anastasia Lakhtikova, Angela Brintlinger, and Irina Glushchenko invite the reader to “imagine a society where food is managed by officialdom like a controlled substance and everyone is addicted to it.” Food plays... Read More