Food Rules and Rituals: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2023


Forthcoming July 2024


Edited by Mark McWilliams

United States Naval Academy

Food Rules and Rituals includes selected papers from the 2023 Oxford Food Symposium. Grounded in a number of different disciplines, writers from around the globe consider how rules and rituals structure the experiences and meanings of consuming foods in a wide variety of contexts

Table of Contents

1. Fasting Regulations in the Reformation Era
Ken Albala
2. Shrouding the Caucasus: Georgian Hospitality Rituals through the French Gaze
Janet Beizer
3. Negotiating the Availability and Consumption of Halal Food in Tokyo
Kirsty Bouwers
4. Black, White, and Tan: The Rules and Rituals of a Jim Crow-Era ‘Spook Breakfast’ in Kansas City, Missouri, 1935–1939
Andrea Broomfield
5. Food Rules and Rituals: Etiquette on the Cosmic Table
Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus
6. Spaghetti – Never on Sunday…well, almost never : Structure and Rules in an Endocuisine
Anthony F. Buccini
7. A Battle at the Bar: The Pintxo’s Conflict between Codification and Authenticity in Real Time
Marti Buckley
8. Reforming Body and Soul: Malta’s Prison Food Experience, 1920–1939
Noel Buttigieg
9. Kaiseki Cuisine and the Meanings of Food in Japan
Voltaire Cang
10. Boundaries, Bitters, and Puffing Guns: The Sensorial Unmaking of the Food Museum
Jessica Carbone
11. The Roman Napkin: From Simple Tools to Status Symbols
Scott A. Cochrane
12. From Farm (and Forest) to Table: The Food and Feeding Rituals of Benjamin and Ruth Koren
Tali Cohen
13. Eat Your Riddles: Puzzling Practices and Dining Diversions
Nathalie Cooke
14. Exploring the Relationships between Rituals and Food at Oxford Colleges Formal Halls
D Devika
15. Corn, Beans, and Squashing Colonialism: Anishinaabe Food and Law-Making
Cass Gardiner
16. From Recipes to Remote Work: Technology’s Influence on the Preservation and Evolution of Contemporary Food Rituals during Covid-19
Mandira Ghai
17. Versatile Ritual: Structure, Resistance, and Culinary Virtuosity in the Israeli Mimouna
Rafi Grosglik,André Levy
18. Early Twentieth-Century Viennese Cake-Mix: Changing the Rules, Erasing the Recipe
Naomi Guttman
19. Rituals of Hygiene in the Cathedral of Meat
Jack Hanlon
20. Food Rules in the Pride Lands
Laura Kitchings
21. Berches : A Ritual Bread in Its Cultural Contexts
Petra Kopf,Susan Weingarten
22. Connecting Crumbs: An Intellectual and Information Science History of Special Food Collections
James Edward Malin
23. A Diabetic’s Digest: What Following 183 People with Diabetes in India, Denmark, USA, and China Taught Me about Designing Rituals for Coping
Priya Mani
24. Rice Stories: Rituals of Prosperity and Fertility
Rebecca D. Mazumdar
25. Eating and Feeding Rituals and Edicts in Persianate Societies: From Sofreh to Tārof, Nazri, and Beyond
Nader Mehravari
26. The Hospitality Spectre: A Letter of Complaint to the Late Philosopher Jacques Derrida from a Disgruntled Hospitality Business Operator
Jennie Moran
27. Changing Food Rules and Rituals in Indigenous Tokunoshima
Hanika Nakagawa
28. Irish Harvest Rituals and Customs: A Study of Food in Irish Folklore Archives
Caitríona Nic Philibín
29. ‘Perfectly Civilised and Proper’: The Social and Cultural History of Blood as Food in Ireland
Kate Ryan
30. Never Eat Pidgeon with Pumpkin: A Model of the Emergence of Food Superstitions
Anders Sandberg,Len Fisher
31. Miraculous Water and the Concept of Barakah: Cooking with Rainwater, Water – Drinking, and Smoking Jugs in Saudi Hijaz
Salma Serry
32. Maintaining, Adapting, and Creating Tradition on the Colonial Australian Christmas Table, 1788 – 1901
Madeline Shanahan
33. The Enduring Rule of Red Meat with Red Wine
Richard Warren Shepro
34. Vegan Studies for the Global South? Negotiating Dietary Rules in a Warming World
Ben Jamieson Stanley
35. Rhyming Recipes: The Curious Case of the Liber Cure Cocorum
Florence Swan
36. Regarding the Lesbian Potluck
Kate Thomas
37. Fortune, Dog Meat, and Cosmic Accounting: The Vietnamese Feast of Bad Luck
Khanh-Linh Trinh
38. Large Double Double: How Tim Hortons Coffee Ritualizes Canadian Identity
Ann Urbancic