Digest: A Journal of Foodways and Culture, online since 2012, was founded in 1977 by the Foodways Section of the American Folklore Society. It welcomes the exchange of ideas and resources among food writers, scholars, and students in diverse disciplinary areas of interest and practice, including teaching, museum curation, archiving, and professional culinary arts. The journal aims to promote, stimulate, and encourage study of the cultural and social dimensions of food production, preparation, consumption, and other aspects of food use, and often emphasizes food’s role in individual and group expression. Digest publishes peer reviewed lead essays, research notes, reviews of relevant media and productions, and creative endeavors such as photo-text essays, contextualized or interpreted recipes, podcasts, representations of food-related archival collections and other assemblages.

ISSN: 2329-4787.

Vol 7 No 1 (2019): Winter 2019-2020

Contributions include: 2018 and 2019 prize winning essays of the AFS Foodways Section's Sue Samuelson Award for Best Student Paper on Food and Foodways, Sarah Shultz's “‘She did what?’: Married Women’s Renegotiation of Kitchen Mistakes through Narrative,” and  Julia Fine's “‘Without Sympathy There is No Cookery’: Imperial Knowledge and the Creation of ‘Indian’ Cuisine”; an extensive Research Essay on South Central Pennsylvania's Chocolate Easter Egg Tradition, a short research inquiry about pig castration traditions related to pork taste, news of Folger Library's collection of early modern English manuscript recipe books and "Before 'Farm to Table'" project, and reviews of several recent food-related publications that are remarkably relevant to the COVID-19 crisis that authors and editors have been experiencing as they publish this issue.

Cover Photo: Middletown Pharmacy & Gifts seasonal wire rack wall display of chocolate eggs made by area church groups and variably presented in small labeled plastic bags or foil-wrapped in a spectrum of Easter colors, organized in plastic bins. The top four rows are from Seven Sorrows Church, the middle row is from Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown Church. and the bottom three rows are from Ebenezer United Method Church. Each bin holds a different variety of chocolate egg. Middletown, Pennsylvania, March 12, 2016. Photo: Mira Johnson. 

Published: 2020-05-05

Letter from the Editors of Digest 7:1 (2018-2019)

Janet Gilmore with, Theresa A. Vaughan, Jennifer Dutch


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For articles from the previous iteration of this journal, please view the Digest: An Interdisciplinary Study of Food and Foodways (1977-1999) collection in IUScholarWorks.