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. 2 (2020): Fall (2020)-Winter (2021)

Contributions continue the 7:1 issue’s pork thread and emphasize meat and dairy culinary traditions from West to East, paired with wine from Newfoundland and Labradoran berries. Book reviews focus on US foodways, particularly from the American South, New England, and Hawai'i. Our lead is “‘This is Our Wine, We’re Going to Drink It’: Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador Terroir through Berry Wines” by Ema Kirbirkstis, the 2020 winner of the Sue Samuelson Award for Best Student Paper on Food and Foodways. Extensive Research Essays follow by Samantha Castleman and Noah Arney regarding western North Carolina’s livermush tradition and pre-seventeenth century bacon creation during the early modern and medieval eras in England and Western Europe. Our Amuse Bouche selection takes us to the Garhwal region of north India where Annima Bahukhandi acquaints us with her grandmother’s experience of clarifying butter and making ghee.

Cover Photo: One glass of gooseberry wine, a bottle of blueberry wine, and a bottle of gooseberry wine—all made by Herbert Greening in his home's basement work space. Note the bilingual English and French on the bottle labels. Mount Pearl, 9 November 2017. Photo: Ema Noëlla Kibirkstis.


Published: 2021-03-11

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For articles from the previous iteration of this journal, please view the Digest: An Interdisciplinary Study of Food and Foodways (1977-2008) collection in IUScholarWorks.