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WRDS 1104: The Rhetoric of Food

This guide is for Dr. Aaron Kashtan's WRDS 1104 course on the rhetoric of food.

Relevant Websites

Southern Foodways Alliance - The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the American South.

Smithsonian Food History - Online exhibitions and collections related to food history in the United States.

Association for the Study of Food and Society - Organization promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society. Website provides links to a number of resources relating to food studies.

Graduate Association for Food Studies - Graduate student caucus of the ASFS committed to connecting graduate students interested in food and promoting their work.

History South - essays exploring history, culture, and foodways in Charlotte and the American South.

The Food Museum - This online museum researches, collects, preserves, exhibits, and explains the history and social significance of the world's most important foods.

Four Pounds Flour - a now retired blog focusing on 18th and 19th century American cuisine. Check out the archives, which are fully accessible.

The Food Timeline - This resources placed hundreds of foods on a historical timeline and includes histories, descriptions, and historical recipes. 

Food Insecurity in Charlotte

Southern Foodways Alliance

The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

SFA Oral Histories program documents life stories from the American South and focuses on the people behind Southern food traditions

Check out the Oral History project on Charlotte's Central Avenue Corridor 


Munch on your favorite snack and listen to one of the many podcasts on food, culture, and history.

NPR's The Salt - The Salt is a blog from the NPR Science Desk all about what we eat and why we eat it.

Food: A Cultural Culinary History Podcast - Learn how the entirety of human civilization-- war, trade, politics, art, religion, and more-- has been shaped by our interaction with food in this delicious podcast. Hosted by Dr. Ken Albala, Professor of History at the University of the Pacific.

Gravy: Stories from the Southern Foodways Alliance - Through the window of food, this podcast glimpses how race, class, gender, faith, and environment play out in the region and across the nation. 

A Taste of the Past - Tune in for interviews with authors, scholars and culinary chroniclers who discuss food culture from ancient Mesopotamia and Rome to the grazing tables and deli counters of today. Hosted by Linda Pelaccio, a culinary historian.