A letter from the Editors:

Dear Readers,

We are excited to bring you issue two of the new series of Digest. Just as in the first issue, the papers here represent directions of emerging foodways scholarship; all of the articles and research notes in this issue are contributed by graduate students or recent graduates. In bringing together a range of diverse food communities including Gullah, Chinese American, Southeastern Louisianan and Italian Canadian, and in considering the complex intersections of traditional and popular culture, the authors document and celebrate the complexities of food traditions that mingle and morph to create new forms with new meanings. They also record the challenges of moving forward to create sustainable models; the often flamboyantly elaborate groom’s cake of Southeastern Louisiana weddings that Cherry Levin writes about stands in stark contrast to the modest seeds nurtured by an earlier generation of Italian immigrants described by Cristina Pietropaolo. Yet the papers here hold clues to the future, from Anna Ralph’s model for feeding Philadelphia’s homeless to the recognition that emerges from Nancy Yan’s exploration of the regional dish, Wor Sue Gai, and Katie White’s examination of Gullah foodways, that food’s deep connections to identity travel across space and time. Importantly, the papers speak of hope and justice.

The Amuse Bouche section in this issue picks up some of these themes in somewhat playful ways, embodied in historical food ads, photographs of spicy chicken feet and temple oranges, and a recipe for sweet orange marmalade that originated in a British manor house kitchen.

This issue marks the end of Caitlin Bethune’s time as Editorial Assistant. Caitlin’s contribution to these first two issues has been invaluable and we will miss her sharp eye. This issue also sees a change in our Web Designer. Emily Snyder’s work on the initial issue was excellent, and we thank her as she moves on to new challenges. We would like to welcome Jolee Main to the Digest team. Her design skills have kept our journal looking professional and beautiful in the current issue.

Michael Lange and Diane Tye, editors

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