The authors stress the significance of food, because since everybody eats, its meanings concern more people than that of other issues. It has to offer a great variety of meanings since it is interwoven in the practices of everyday life all around the world, and through its diversity in material and preparation. Rather than uniformity, there is a broad range of manners, tastes, a... ... middle of paper ... ... remarkable collection of different approaches to food. If one might find some of them less appealing, they can be skipped by the reader since there are still enough left. Even one who is not particularly interested in food could find the book useful, since it deals in general with cultural meaning, symbolism, political economy, gender, and consumption.
Individual identity, and socially constructed identities such as gender and social class are all closely connected to the food that we eat, and the ways in which we obtain that food. In this paper I will use the works of many theorists, as well as two films A Matter of Taste and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover to argue that we eat what we eat because we perceive the food we consume to be a reflection of who we are and where we are situated in the social hierarchy of our society. It is important to note that as members of society our tastes, or consumer preferences, are for the most part conditioned by social factors. Our tastes and distastes are largely learned from observing and reproducing the food preferences and consumption behaviors of those that surround us such as our peers, members of a shared culture or social class. French epicure Brillat-Savarin theorizes that we are what we eat, but likewise we are also what we don’t eat (Belasco 1).
They are forced to eat what is readily available since limited options are presented. Kingsolver states: Though they also may be busy with jobs and modern life, people the world over still take time to follow foodways that bring their families happiness and health. My family happens to live in a country where the main foodway has a yellow line painted down the middle. (39) This presents the issue of why some countries, amidst their hectic lifestyles, continue to find time to prepare home cooked meals. Also, why the United States persistently defaults to the more convenient fast food option.
66), there were certain requirements to consider a meal as proper; “ a mouth-entering utensil… a table… a seating order… meals are for family…”. Sitting down at the table for dinner as a family, is still perceived to hold value as a standard everyday ritual (Wilk, 2010). The rituals attached to this vision are different for every family yet all involve a certain level of social interaction. The perception of this cultural symbol as a reality, appears to still hold weight despite changes in society that suggest an increasing number of people are creating new normative rituals to suit the faster pace of their lives and their modern living. Numerous meals are eaten under the consideration of time poverty and the convenience that needs to be afforded to it; additionally, these are being consumed alone.
Some people like their main meal in the middle of the day and others like it at the end of the day and they should be able to eat the way they are used to and the way they have eaten throughout their life (Caller 60). At the care center I worked for the way they would try to accommodate the residents that had a... ... middle of paper ... ...istead of just getting their residents to eat. A lot of possible solutions are given to certain problems, but we have to be realistic about weather these solutions would actually work. Some suggestion given are not realistic, the cost of putting these solutions into place would be way to high. The cost to live in a nursing home is already way too high, and many elderly run out of money and end up living off of medical assistance before they have reached the end of their natural life.
Food makes the world go round There is a common misconception that money makes the world go round. Money can buy everything needed to survive and more, but it is the things bought that deserve this credit. All human beings have to do three essential things; sleep, breath, and eat. Eating being the most flexible, it has an endless list of possibilities that vary all around the world. Food, and the way it is prepared, shapes the lifestyle of everyone around it and plays an important role in social status, personal and cultural identity, and religion.
In most cases family buy unhealthy foods which is not a good choice. For example in the article Eating Out Takes Away From Family Time states that” Time around the table allows for a family to share about their day, upcoming schedules, and for parents to know more about their kids.” That proves that if family does not gather around it starts to affects them on how to get to know each other more. On the other hand, there is a lot of families who take family bonding seriously. For those who do will notice that spending time with their family and making the right choices will make a difference. Some families think that showing their kids how to cook is more beneficial for them.
Jules Zanger (1996) said that food is not only an absolute necessity for all of us, but also a linkage between individuals and groups. Foods can satisfy our physical needs, but beyond that, eating and drinking are also the things most people like to do together. People of different backgrounds eat very differently, but most of them share the same happiness when they eat with friends or family. Food is life, and life can be understood through food. This is why food plays a very influential role in every society.
I do agree with Michael Pollan’s view on how deciding what you eat for dinner is a moral dilemma. In the past families usually all had a set dinner time and sat together had ate a homemade meal for the majority of the nights in a week. This is not only healthier but helps pull families closer together. Throughout the years we have moved away from this due to easier made processed food and buys school, work, and life schedules of many americans. So much of this pressure is on the parents and I feel that’s who are faced with this moral dilemma because their children will eat what is provided and how you educate them has a massive effect on what they eat when your not around.
All of these factors combine to provide a cultural meaning and identity within our country, though with differences seen in the vast geographic settings that span a large country such as America. Food thus makes a large impact and indicator of various aspects of the human experience within a given culture. However, the ways that food is provided for and the changes in time allow for some argumentation that food does not alw... ... middle of paper ... ...een as being made by women. With the march of time this amount of segregation based on gender may go down even more. Conclusion Food encompasses every day of the human life.