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Food Studies: Finding Books

Catalog Search

Food Studies is a growing, interdisciplinary field of interest, encompassing historical, social, cultural, philosophical, political, economic, environmental, and scientific aspects, among others.

To locate books on specific topics, search the Library Catalog. Begin with a keyword search (e.g. "food deserts" OR "industrial agriculture" OR "Hispanic Americans and food"); click on a title of interest and follow the subject hotlinks in the cataloging record to locate other books on the same topic.

The Library has a large collection of ethnic cookbooks; to locate them, use terms such as "cookery and Polish," "cookery and Jewish," "cookery and German," etc. in your keyword search. Some of these will be housed in the Libraries' Murray and Hong Special Collections Department and you will need to use them there during their Reading Room open hours.

One popular book series is Food Culture Around the World by Greenwood Press. Click here to see a list of titles.

See also the new series Food Cultures in America.

Selected Electronic Reference Resources

Encyclopedias and other reference tools are often a good starting point for a general overview of or introduction to a particular topic. The following are suggested:

Subject Guide

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