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Feasting Our Eyes: Food Films and Cultural Identity in the United States

Laura Lindenfeld and Fabio Parasecoli


Big Night (1996), Ratatouille (2007), and Julie and Julia (2009) are more than films about food—they serve a political purpose. In the kitchen, around the table, and in the dining room, these films use cooking and eating to explore such themes as ideological pluralism, ethnic and racial acceptance, gender equality, and class flexibility—but not as progressively as you might think. Feasting Our Eyes takes a second look at these and other modern American food films to emphasize their conventional approaches to nation, gender, race, sexuality, and social status. Devoured visually and emotionally, ... More

Keywords: Food, cultural citizenship, identity, film, media, popular culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172516
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172516.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Lindenfeld, author
Stony Brook University

Fabio Parasecoli, author
The New School