Food studies: On food and its meanings

Food studies: On food and its meanings

Food is an essential part of our lives. We typically spend around one hour a day just eating and drinking. Not to mention preparing our dishes. Yet it seems that there is much more to food then just providing us with energy or creating culinary experiences. In fact, food can be examined in several contexts within science, art, history or society in general. In art, food has often a symbolic value. Nevertheless, food can also be a marker of ones identity or contribute to systems of oppression. The various functions of food, other than simply to nourish us, began to be studied only recently and became a subject of a new field of study called Food studies.

I was curious to find out more about this field and its subject, so I discussed the topic with Silvia Rosifalová Baučeková, who works as an assistant professor at the Department of British and American studies at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, and whose main research interests include British literature as well as literature in general and, of course, food studies.

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