A pig on the earth oven, Lau Group, Fiji (Photo by S. Jones)
Food practices and beliefs are an integral part of every culture. This Fall I am teaching a Food and Culture class at UAB from a cross-cultural perspective. This course is designed to present a broad view of the role of food in human culture through time and in a variety of geographic settings. We meet twice a week to discuss classic and contemporary articles about food, watch films, take field trips, and enjoy wonderful food brought by the students.
Some of the wonderful foods that we have enjoyed include: casarole, brownies, pinwheel cookies, cherry turnovers, a dark fermented brewed beverage, and Dreamland Bar-b-q with all the fixings!
This week we had a guest speaker, Dr. Gregory Mumford who lectured on Ancient Egyptian Foodways.
Last week we took a fieldtrip to the Jones Valley Urban Farm, a non-profit farm in Birmingham, Alabama, which seeks to enhance the environmental, economic and social health of the Birmingham area by promoting locally grown organic food and community activism. Check out their website: http://www.jvuf.org/about.shtml