As part of our “Resources for Your Summer Research” blog series, we present some of our recent titles that we think would be great additions to your Food Studies library. Happy reading!

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Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry by Anna Zeide

“This important book is useful food for thought for anyone interested in reforming our modern food system for the better.”—Ann Vileisis, author of Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back

This is a nuanced, robust, elegantly written history. Zeide establishes canning’s importance to consumers, food systems, and business history. It will stay in your mind long after you put it down.”—Tracey Deutsch, author of Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century



Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Beyond by Jahi M. Chappell

“M. Jahi Chappell’s exceptional scholarship in the food system finally gets the audience it deserves in this deeply researched and engaging work.  This book is a provocation to new thought and better action to end hunger permanently.”—Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System

“Chappell skewers popular myths with logical, systematic analysis and brilliant analogies. Should be read by every person committed to ending hunger!”—Molly Anderson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Food Studies, Middlebury College and member of International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems


Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics by Norah MacKendrick

“Norah MacKendrick makes an important contribution to our understanding of this significant issue, which lies at the intersection of science, environmentalism, parenting, corporations, and public health.”—Jennifer A. Reich, author of Calling the Shots: Why Parents Reject Vaccines

“A fresh look at how people put excessive effort into reading labels and buying products that provide them with less toxic exposure and healthier lives, while the corporate structure is so powerful and the regulatory framework so weak that individual efforts are never enough.”—Phil Brown, author of Toxic Exposures: Contested Illnesses and the Environmental Health Movement


The New Food Activism: Opposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action edited by Alison Hope Alkon and Julie Guthman

The New Food Activism is a valuable contribution to critical food studies that raises important questions about what kind of food system we, as scholars, organizers, eaters and workers want to see and how we are going to get there.”Antipode

“A shrewdly curated call to action…Alkon and Guthman stoke the embers of the change that has been smoldering for decades within the food system, demonstrating means of resistance that all new activists should emulate.”Graduate Journal of Food Studies



Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico by Alyshia Gálvez

Available September 2018

“In this poignant ethnographic achievement, Gálvez vividly renders the complicated relationship between trade policy, migration, and sustenance. Taking into account the growing public attention paid to free trade and neoliberal policies, Eating NAFTA delves deeply into the profound and disturbing effects trade agreements have on the local and everyday lives of those most heavily impacted. Methodologically ambitious, theoretically sophisticated, and supremely engaging, this book is poised for instant success.”—Roberto G. Gonzales, author of Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America