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  • The Wedding Presentby Louise Purbrick

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 119.95

    In this fascinating work, Louise Purbrick offers an alternative analysis of contemporary domestic consumption. She investigates the ritualized presentation of objects upon marriage, and their subsequent cycles of exchange within the domestic sphere. Presenting new material on the enactment of exchange relationships within everyday domesticity, The... more...

  • American Afterlifeby Kate Sweeney

    University of Georgia Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    Someone dies. What happens next?. One family inters their matriarch’s ashes on the floor of the ocean. Another holds a memorial weenie roast each year at a greenburial cemetery. An 1898 ad for embalming fluid promises, "You can make mummies with it!" while a leading contemporary burial vault is touted as impervious to the elements. A... more...

  • Lunchby Megan Elias

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 37.99

    Can you be a good mother without packing a cute bento box for your child? Should lunch always be followed by a nap? Is lunch a place to demonstrate democracy or hierarchy? These questions and more are considered in Lunch: a History . This six-continent survey of the history, customs, and representations of the midday meal explains who eats what... more...

  • The Gift and its Paradoxesby Olli Pyyhtinen

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Bringing social theory and philosophy to bear on popular movies, novels, myths, and fairy tales, The Gift and its Paradoxes explores the ambiguity of the gift: it is at once both a relation and a thing, alienable and inalienable, present and poison. Challenging the nature of giving as reciprocal, the book engages critically with the work of Mauss and... more...

  • Food and Everyday Lifeby Thomas M. Conroy; J. Nikol Beckham; Hui-tun Chuang; Matthew Day; Stephanie Greene; Joanna Henryks; Stacy M. Jameson; Marianne LeGreco; David Livert; Irina D. Mihalache; Roblyn Rawlins; Zachary Schrank; Klara Seddon; Amy Singer; Derek B. Shaw; Bethaney Turner; Talia Welsh

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 94.99

    This book is a qualitative/interpretive/phenomenological, and interdisciplinary, examination of food and food practices and their meanings in the modern world. Each chapter thematically focuses upon a particular food practice and on some key details of the examined practice, or on the practice?s social and cultural impact. The book?s scope is global,... more...

  • Japanese Tree Burialby Sébastien Penmellen Boret

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 155.00

    Tree burial, a new form of disposal for the cremated remains of the dead, was created in 1999 by Chisaka Genpo, the head priest of a Zen Buddhist temple in northern Japan. Instead of a conventional family gravestone, perpetuating the continuity of a household and its identity, tree burial uses vast woodlands as cemeteries, with each burial spot marked... more...

  • Everyone Eatsby E. N. Anderson

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 89.00

    "Plenty of cultural insights and background history lend to a survey particularly recommended for college-level students of anthropology and social science."— The Midwest Book Review    "Anderson’s book is a solid introduction to the anthropology of food for students and general readers. It is clear, well-written,... more...

  • Die Weihrauchstraßeby Joachim Willeitner

    Philipp von Zabern Verlag 2014; US$ 23.01

    Die Weihrauchstraße war in der Antike eine der wichtigsten Handelsrouten der Welt. Über 3000 km wurden auf ihr das wertvolle Baumharz und daneben auch Gewürze und Edelsteine quer über die Arabische Halbinsel transportiert ? eine logistische Meisterleistung, die ohne Karawanen nicht möglich gewesen wäre. Im 1. Jahrhundert v. Chr. verlagerte sich der... more...

  • How the Other Half Ateby Katherine Leonard Turner

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, working-class Americans had eating habits that were distinctly shaped by jobs, families, neighborhoods, and the tools, utilities, and size of their kitchens?along with their cultural heritage. How the Other Half Ate is a deep exploration by historian and lecturer Katherine Turner that delivers an... more...

  • The Medieval Cookby Bridget Ann Henisch

    Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd 2013; US$ 21.86

    Stylish and racy... An excellent book and a delight to read, written with panache and entirely convincing.' Professor PETER COSS, Cardiff University. This book takes us into the world of the medieval cook, from the chefs in the great medieval courts and aristocratic households catering for huge feasts, to the peasant wife attempting to feed her family... more...