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Fats: A Global History


Phillipov, M, Fats: A Global History, Reaktion Books, London, pp. 136. ISBN 9781780235752 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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No other food is as nutritionally crucial, symbolically important or controversial as fat. Butter, oil, tallow, lard, schmaltz - culinary fats have not only shaped world cuisines, they are themselves steeped in cultural and symbolic meanings. From Paleolithic times to contemporary popular culture, fats have been simultaneously essential to life and a decadent indulgence. Alternately reviled and revered, fats have been linked to both power and poverty, and associated with sex and death. Fats: A Global History tells the story of this extraordinary substance.

In her engaging and wide-ranging account, Michelle Phillipov considers the changing fates and fortunes of fats across time and around the globe. From their past associations with prestige and social authority, to their links to the food industry practices and health scares of the twentieth century, to fat's current renaissance in media and popular culture, she explores the complex meanings, debates and controversies that have surrounded this most basic of foods. Featuring a selection of recipes from around the world, Fats: A Global History reveals the sometimes surprising history of the cultural life of culinary fat.

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Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:food, fats, cultural history
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Consumption and everyday life
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Phillipov, M (Dr Michelle Phillipov)
ID Code:108689
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE140101412)
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-05-03
Last Modified:2018-03-08

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