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Food FightsHow History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates$
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Charles C. Ludington and Matthew Morse Booker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652894

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652894.001.0001

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A Plea for Culinary Luddism

A Plea for Culinary Luddism

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(p.250) 12 A Plea for Culinary Luddism
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Food Fights
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Ken Albala

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652894.003.0013

Americans have been known to idealize home cooked meals eaten with the family, but the general trend in our history has been to move away from these things. Ken Albala, one of America’s leading food historians, makes an impassioned plea for the importance of cooking from scratch, using fresh ingredients, and sharing the food with others, as one of the most meaningful and humane acts we can do. He is cognizant of the fact that cooking is not always easy, nor has it always been voluntary, but in his mind that should not prejudice against the social importance of spending time preparing food, which is a creative, emotionally fulfilling, and loving act.

Keywords:   Home cooking, Creativity, Eating, Flavor, Family meal, Taste, Fast food, Junk Food, Cooking from scratch

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