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Food and Culture

The Early Modern Potato: A Global History

Rebecca Earle is interested in all pre-nineteenth-century (and especially pre-eighteenth-century) references to potatoes, especially those that locate potatoes outside their homeland in the South American Andes, as part of a global history of the early modern potato. More information about submitting a reference can be found on The Early Modern Potato: A Global History webpage.

The Potato Project

This project traces the dissemination of the potato in the early modern world, in order to study the processes through which new culinary and agricultural regimes evolve.

Recent publications relevant to food:

Earle, R. (2017) ‘Food, Colonialism and the Quantum of Happiness’, History Workshop Journal 84.

Earle, R. (2012) The Body of the Conquistador: Food, Race and the Colonial Experience in Spanish America, 1492-1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Winner of the Conference on Latin America History 2013 Bolton-Johnson Prize.

Earle, R. (2010) ‘‘If You Eat Their Food . . .’: Diets and Bodies in Early Colonial Spanish America’,American Historical Review, 15:3. Winner of the Agricultural History Society's 2011 Wayne D. Rasmussen Award.

John, E. (2014) 'Meals, Art, and Artistic Value', Estetika 51.2. (Won 2015 article award from Finnish and Slovak aesthetics societies)

Kümin, B. (ed.) A Cultural History of Food in the Early Modern Age (Oxford: Berg, 2012)
[= Vol. 4 of the six-part series A Cultural History of Food, gen. eds. F. Parasecoli and P. Scholliers]

Kümin, B. (2010) 'Introduction' [to special issue 'Brewing Cultures in Early Modern Towns'], in: Brewery History 135: 2-7

Niblett, M. (2013) 'The ‘impossible quest for wholeness’: Sugar, Cassava, and the Ecological Aesthetic in The Guyana Quartet', Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 49.2: 148-60

Puig de la Bellacasa, M. (forthcoming 2019) T'he re-animation of soil: transforming human-soil relations across science, culture and community'. In Intimate Entanglements (Latimer, J. & Lopez D. eds), The Sociological Review

Puig de la Bellacasa, M. (forthcoming 2019) 'Elemental affinities. Our bodies, our soils'. In. Myers, N., Papadopoulos, D., & Puig de le Bellacasa, M. (eds.), Duke University Press.

Puig de la Bellacasa, Maria (2015) 'Making time for soil. Technoscientific futurity and the pace of care', Social Studies of Science, 45.5: 691-716.

Uprichard, E., Nettleton, S. and Chappell, P. (2013) 'Food hates' over the life course: an analysis of food narratives from the UK Mass Observation Archive, Appetite, 17: 137-143