Once again this issue of Digest reflects the diversity of foodways studies, taking readers across centuries, continents and cuisines. The two articles that open the issue examine recipes from WWI to the 1960s and from Australia to Canada. In “It’s the Cake Talking: Theorizing the Recipe Memoir,” Tara Brabazon creates a recipe memoir of a family favorite, “Chocolate Goo.” Brabazon argues that “the recipe memoir offers a window into an array of intricate social, cultural, gendered, classed, rural, regional and national histories.” It an approach echoed by Brittany Roberts in her examination of a short series of menus published in a St John’s, Newfoundland newspaper during WWI. Directed at middle class home-makers, the recipes reflect a particular ideal of patriotism that is both gendered and class-based.
The two research notes that follow raise questions about food’s far reaching cultural impact. Intersections of food and health are at the heart of Theresa Vaughan’s research note that explores recommendations on diet found in the Trotula, a collection of writings out of twelfth century Salerno while Michael Lange reflects on who gets to determine issues of quality and meaning in his research note based in present day Vermont, “Foodie Influence on the Culinary Meanings of Maple Syrup.”
The issue concludes with vintage ads, a wonderful recipe for stuffed baked fish, and two reflections on sharing personally meaningful recipes—or not—that comprise the Amuse Bouche section. Last but not least, four book reviews introduce publications exploring Kentucky, Mexican, and Caribbean foodways, as well as food activism.
As Digest enters its fourth year in its new, online format, we continue to bring the depth and breadth of foodways scholarship to our readers. We hope you read, learn, and enjoy.
Michael Lange and Diane Tye, editors
Table of Contents:
- It’s the Cake Talking: Theorizing the Recipe Memoir
- “To Save Wheat, Beef, and Bacon for the Men at the Front”: WWI ‘War Menus’ in the St John’s Evening Telegram.
- Food Recommendations in the Trotula: Italian Prescription for Health?
Theresa A. Vaughan
- Foodie Influence on the Culinary Meanings of Maple Syrup
- Kentucky’s Heritage Kitchens (Van Willigen)
Jess Lamar Reece Holler
- Truly Texas Mexican (Medrano)
- Food Activism: Agency, Democracy, and Economy (Counihan and Siniscalchi)
- Gotay! Congtay! History of Carribean Food (Goucher)
Rachel Monet Finn
- Vintage Food Ads
- Stuffed Baked Northern Great Lakes Whitefish, Lake Superior Lake Trout or the Venerable Wild-Caught Pacific Northwest Coast Coho (Silver) or Chinook (King) Salmon (although Chums (Pinks) and Sockeyes (Red) will also do)
- Gyoza. A Dumpling Innovation.
- Scotch Cookies