Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food

Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food

Paperback California Studies in Food and Culture

By (author) Warren James Belasco

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 393 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 26mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520250354
  • ISBN 13: 9780520250352
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 24 b/w photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,295,456

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In this provocative and lively addition to his acclaimed writings on food, Warren Belasco takes a sweeping look at a little-explored yet timely topic: humanity's deep-rooted anxiety about the future of food. People have expressed their worries about the future of the food supply in myriad ways, and here Belasco explores a fascinating array of material ranging over two hundred years - from futuristic novels and films to world's fairs, Disney amusement parks, supermarket and restaurant architecture, organic farmers' markets, debates over genetic engineering, and more. Placing food issues in this deep historical context, he provides an innovative framework for understanding the future of food today - when new prophets warn us against complacency at the same time that new technologies offer promising solutions. But will our grandchildren's grandchildren enjoy the cornucopian bounty most of us take for granted? This first history of the future to put food at the center of the story provides an intriguing perspective on this question for anyone - from general readers to policy analysts, historians, and students of the future - who has wondered about the future of life's most basic requirement.

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Warren Belasco, Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, is author of Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry and Americans on the Road: From Autocamp to Motel and coeditor of Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies.

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"Warren Belasco is a witty, wonderfully observant guide to the hopes and fears that every era projects onto its culinary future. This enlightening study reads like time-travel for foodies." - Laura Shapiro, author of Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America "Warren Belasco serves up an intellectual feast, brilliantly dissecting two centuries of expectations regarding the future of food and hunger. Meals to Come provides an essential guide to thinking clearly about the worrisome question as to whether the world can ever be adequately and equitably fed." - Joseph J. Corn, co-author of Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future "This astute, sly, warmly human critique of the basic belly issues that have absorbed and defined Americans politically, socially, and economically for the past 200 years is a knockout. Warren Belasco's important book, crammed with knowledge, is absolutely necessary for an understanding of where we are now." - Betty Fussell, author of My Kitchen Wars"

Table of contents

Preface PART I. DEBATING THE FUTURE OF FOOD: THE BATTLE OF THE THINK TANKS 1. The Stakes in Our Steaks 2. The Debate: Will the World Run Out of Food? 3. The Deep Structure of the Debate PART II. IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF FOOD: SPECULATIVE FICTION 4. The Utopian Caveat 5. Dystopias PART III. THINGS TO COMEE: THREE CORNUCOPIAN FUTURES 6. The Classical Future 7. The Modernist Future 8. The Recombinant Future Postscript Notes Selected Bibliography Acknowledgments Index