Series Editors’ Preface
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ix SERIES EDITORS’ PREFACE The University of Arkansas Press Series on Food and Foodways explores historical and contemporary issues in global food studies. We are committed to representing a diverse set of voices that tell lesser known food stories and to provoking new avenues of interdisciplinary research. Our strengths are works in the humanities and social sciences that use food as a critical lens to examine broader cultural, environmental, and ethical issues. Feeding ourselves has long entangled human beings within complicated moral puzzles of social injustice and environmental destruction . When we eat, we consume not only food on the plate, but also the lives and labors of innumerable plants, animals, and people. This process distributes its costs unevenly across race, class, gender, and other social categories.The production and distribution of food often obscures these material and cultural connections, impeding honest assessments of our impacts on the world around us. By taking these relationships seriously, Food and Foodways provides a new series of critical studies that analyze the cultural and environmental relationships that have sustained human societies. This innovative essay collection, The Taste of Art: Cooking, Food, and Counterculture in Contemporary Practices, furthers our mandate to examine underexplored aspects of food culture by examining“food art,” which the editors of the volume, Silvia Bottinelli and Margherita d’AyalaValva,define as artwork that utilizes food as both“material and process.” Food art, for instance, goes beyond representations of food in still life paintings or painted meal scenes by conceptualizing food itself as an artistic medium and the process of eating and cooking as artistic (and political) actions.From these critical perspectives,food can expand the capacities of what constitutes art, and art can help subvert the normative cultural limits that certain foods often serve to naturalize . This methodologically expansive collection explores the intentions of food artists working in a variety of modes of artistic expression. A x Series Editors’ Preface truly unique collection of essays, the volume provides a new set of approaches toward integrating the study of food within both the arts and humanities disciplines,and should excite and inspire readers with diverse backgrounds and interests. Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael Wise ...