Just imagine, thriving hippo ranches in the bayous of the American south providing alternative meat sources, such as "lake cow bacon." [Image Mark Summer from Wired, Dec 20, 2013]

Hippo: It’s What’s For Dinner

While the global food news often tells of meat shortages in China and India, as middle class demand for meat increases in these extremely populated countries, the United States faced its own meat crisis in the early twentieth century—and believe it or not, hippopotamus ranching emerged as a proposed solution. This is the remarkable story told…

In a DIRECTV Sunday Ticket ad, tapenade is humorously, but disparagingly framed as antithetical to football.

Tofu & Tapenade? The Unspoken Food Rules of Football

With the completion of the AFC and NFC Championships, Super Bowl XLVIII will soon be upon us, along with its super-sized spread of snacks, which forms an American meal as iconic as Thanksgiving. Just as there are “authentic” and “traditional” dishes that accompany our national holiday dedicated to gratitude and family, unspoken rules guide which…

Seth M. Holmes' Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (2013)

Review: ‘Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies’ Astutely Addresses Structural Solutions

As we enjoy the holiday season, give this gift to your writing: Consider using Grammarly’s grammar and plagiarism checker because grammar mistakes or failing to quote someone else’s work are surefire ways to end up on Santa’s naughty list.  On that note, I can’t help but recommend Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States (written by medical…

"The Discovery of America," a 1630 engraving by Theodor Galle after a drawing by Jan van der Straet (ca. 1575)

Colonialism & Man Boobs: Conquering the Feminized Terrain of the Fat Male Body

In Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Conquest, Anne McClintock demonstrates how male imperialists repeatedly framed exotic lands as feminized terrains to be explored, contained, and dominated by masculine reason and violence. For example, she analyzes Jan van der Straet’s famous drawing, which “portrays the ‘discovery’ of America as an eroticized encounter”…

Taft Horse

Presidential Obesity: Taft, Bathtubs, and the Medicalization of Corpulence

Ask your average citizen what he or she knows about President William Howard Taft and you’ll most likely hear recanted the rumor that due to his girth, Taft once became stuck in the White House bathtub. In the article, “Corpulence and Correspondence: President William H. Taft and the Medical Management of Obesity,” Providence College’s Deborah Levine analyzes fascinating primary…

Sons of Anarchy is soon to be in its sixth season.

Food and Matriarchy in “Sons of Anarchy”

While Charlie Hunnam‘s handsome face and blonde locks are reason enough for anyone to be watching Sons of Anarchy with unwavering interest, after watching the first five seasons, I’m struck by the way that scenes of eating express the harmony or discontent of the motorcycle club (MC). As its members seek to protect the interests of their…

All for You

Food & Chefs as Sexual Metaphor in a Romance Novel I Read While on Summer Vacation

My days before starting at Brown are numbered, so while I’ve done some fun things (#rhodetripping) and productive things (proofreading chapters in the forthcoming Food Activism (Counihan and Siniscalchi, eds., 2014) and peer reviewing papers submitted to The Graduate Journal of Food Studies), when I’m not binging on Netflix, I’ve been reading perhaps more than my fair share of…