Food AND Culture is the marketplace-foremost text for the cultural foods classes, providing recent info on the overall health, tradition, food, and diet habits of the most common ethnic and racial groups living in the United States. It is created to assist overall health experts, cooks, and other people in the food services sector understand to work properly with members of various ethnic and spiritual groups in a culturally delicate way. The authors include comprehensive coverage of key ethnic, spiritual, and regional groups, which includes Indigenous Americans, Europeans, Africans, Mexicans and Central Americans, Caribbean Islanders, South Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, Men and women of the Balkans, Middle Easterners, Asian Indians, and regional Americans.
Practical "Do's, Don'ts and Differences" boxes provide practical tips for clear and polite communication with members of each major cultural group. In addition, sample menus in Chapters 5 - 14 provide a practical example of foods commonly eaten by various ethnic groups in North America, along with print and online recipe resources.
Real-World Application Two interview sections provide students with real-world examples of different cultural lifestyles and the relationship to food. "New American Perspectives" present interviews with Americans who have emigrated from various countries and explain their culture and food habits. "Practitioner Perspectives" showcase interviews with dietetics practitioners who work with clients from various cultures.
Critical Thinking "Cultural Controversy" boxes introduce students to hot topics in the field of food and culture, such as "Cultural Controversy: Does Hunger Cause Obesity?"
Visual Understanding Cultural foods timeline in Chapter 1 introduces students to the interrelated history of food and culture in the United States. It gives an overview of how food and culture have developed hand in hand in the U.S. and includes popular brands students can relate to and are familiar with seeing and eating.
"Cultural Food Group" lists found in each chapter provide table listings of foods eaten by each culture and subgroup present in the text.