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Food and Culture in America, a Nutrition Handbook.

Food and Culture in America, a Nutrition Handbook

Such a topic is obviously complex. Food habits must be understood and with so many ethnic groups living in the United States, it is quite clear that many of these groups will want diets that differ widely from the so-called American one. What the authors have attempted to do is to set out the differing requirements to allow health professionals to utilize this information.

The first chapter deals with methods and approaches that can be used to study culturally-based foods and food habits, and this is followed by one dealing with the various religions and their differing dietary requirements. Subsequent chapters concern minority groups but, of course, the authors have dealt primarily with the major cultural populations in America. In fact, the sequence of information mirrors the historical way the various groups arrived in America. The first part of each chapter examines the countries of origin, how the immigration took place and the immigrants' present status in their 'new' homeland. This is followed by an examination of traditional food habits in their of origin and a look at how they have changed and adapted to their new surroundings.

The titles run: Food and culture in America; Food and religion; Natives Americans; Europeans; Black Americans; Latinos; Asians; People of Greece and the Middle East; and Asian Indians. Each chapter includes cultural food group tables showing the major food groups and how they are used. Known adaptations are carefully noted but the authors are conscious that it is difficult to be objective without appearing to criticize, and they have endeavoured to avoid that pitfall. For those taking an interest in the ethnic food business, here is an interesting text.
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Date:Sep 1, 1989
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