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Women’s Press,Canadian Scholars’ Press
300 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2019
Print ISBN: 9780889616097


This expansive collection enriches the field of food studies with a feminist intersectional perspective, addressing the impacts that race, ethnicity, class, and nationality have on nutritional customs, habits, and perspectives. Throughout the text, international scholars explore three areas in feminist food studies: the socio-cultural, the corporeal, and the material. The textbook’s chapters intersect as they examine how food is linked to hegemony, identity, and tradition, while contributors offer diverse perspectives that stem from biology, museum studies, economics, popular culture, and history. This text’s engaging writing style and timely subject-matter encourage student discussions and forward-looking analyses on the advancement of food studies. With a unique multidisciplinary and global perspective, this vital resource is well suited to undergraduate students of food studies, nutrition, gender studies, sociology, and anthropology.


  • includes pedagogical features such as discussion questions and a glossary
  • ensures a feminist intersectional approach to food studies to enhance, enliven, and advance food studies in innovative, creative, and radical ways

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Table of Contents

Psyche Williams-Forson

Introduction: This Is What Feminist Food Studies Looks Like
Barbara Parker, Jennifer Brady, Elaine Power, and Susan Belyea

Chapter 1: Critiquing Hegemony, Creating Food, Crafting Justice: Cultivating an Activist Feminist Food Studies
Alice Julier

Chapter 2: “The Bees Wore Little Fuzzy Yellow Pants”: Feminist Intersections of Animal and Human Performativity in an Urban Community Garden
Teresa Lloro-Bidart

Chapter 3: How Veggie Vlogging Looks Like: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class in Western Mainstream Veganism
Daniela Pirani and Ella Fegitz

Chapter 4: Is Veganism a Queer Food Practice?
Alissa Overend

Chapter 5: Because… “Obesity”: Reframing Blame in Food Studies
Jennifer Brady, Jacqui Gingras, and Katie LeBesco

Chapter 6: “Lose like a Man”: Gender and the Constraints of Self-Making in Weight Watchers Online
Emily Contois

Chapter 7: Feeding the Muslim South Asian Immigrant Family: A Feminist Analysis of Culinary Consumption
Farha Ternikar

Chapter 8: The Struggle Plate at the Intersection
Delores Phillips

Chapter 9: Low-Income Mothers and the Alternative Food Movement: An Intersectional Approach
Blake Martin, Mari Kate Mycek, Sinikka Elliott, and Sarah Bowen

Chapter 10:"Waiting to Be Fed": Reading Memories of Hunger in the Tsilhqot’ Land Claim Trial Transcripts and Tracey Lindberg's Birdie
Lauren McGuire-Wood

Chapter 11: We’re All Intersectional Now: Representational Intersectionality in Food Displays in Melbourne’s Immigration Museum
Elaine Swan, Deana Leahy, Emily Gray, Sian Supski, and Adele Wessell

Chapter 12: Fermentation and the Possibility of Reimagining Rationality
Maya Hey


Contributor Biographies


Barbara Parker

Barbara Parker is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Lakehead University. She teaches in the areas of food, gender, and health; the sociology of nutrition; social justice; and qualitative research methods.

Jennifer Brady

Jennifer Brady is an Assistant Professor of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. She teaches courses on ecological perspectives of food; nutrition education in communities; and food, health, and social policy.

Elaine Power

Elaine Power is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University, where she teaches on topics such as food systems; critical weight studies; and qualitative research methods.

Susan Belyea

Susan Belyea is the director of a women’s centre at Queen’s University and teaches courses on social and political responses to food insecurity and agriculture and the environment.


“One of the major contributions of Feminist Food Studies is that it explores intersectionality through refined angles at both the theoretical and the empirical levels. In a clear and accessible manner, every chapter of the book experiments with moving intersectionality to ‘unexplored places.’ The result is a fascinating and enriching journey into feminist scholarship and its multiple connections with food.”

Feminist Food Studies assembles new scholarship on food and feminism. The collection takes up an intersectional lens that is well-defined in the introductory chapters for new readers. The authors pay homage to the anti-colonial and social justice roots of feminist food studies as a field, a commitment that is enacted and built upon in every chapter. Established scholars and new readers alike will find ideas to forage for that nourishes a critical feminist consciousness about food studies.”

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