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Food & Culture: Scholarship on Food

Planning Your Research?

We've got pointers for you here! Food and culture intersect in many different ways, so look through some of the possible searches, take a gander at some books (and subject headings), and then try playing around on your own.

Looking for more specific search strategies? Check out pages like Food in Visual Culture, Food in Literature, and Food & Society.

Search Strings

Not quite sure how to get started in your scholarly searching? Check out a few of these search strings, look at some of the subject headings in the box below, and then try mixing and matching to suit your interests!

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Selected Subject Headings

These are subject headings; many work in both our databases and our library catalog. Just copy them, paste them into the database of your choice, and get started searching!

Not quite sure how to go about it? You can search these phrases as either keywords or subjects. 

  • "Alcohol -- Social aspects"
  • "Beer -- Social aspects"
  • "Cookbooks as topic" 
  • "COOKING / Regional & Ethnic"
  • "Food habits in literature"
  • "Food habits -- Social aspects"
  • "Food -- Religious aspects"
  • "Food supply -- History"
  • "Formulas, recipes, etc"
  • "Modernist cuisine" 

Other Folks' Resources

Other libraries have put together incredible research guides for food and culture. Check a few of them out for more suggestions and pointers!

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