Measured meals : nutrition in America /
Jessica J. Mudry.
Albany : SUNY Press, c2009.
xii, 212 p. : ill.
0791493814 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780791493816 (hardcover : alk. paper)
More Details
Albany : SUNY Press, c2009.
0791493814 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780791493816 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-09-01:
Americans are inundated and often confused by the overwhelming number of studies and reports on foods, diets, and health. In Measured Meals, Mudry (science and technical communication, Concordia Univ.) points to communication as a key element in helping to explain Americans' relationship with food, taste, and the act of eating. She provides a critical review of the history of American nutritional research, highlighting the overly quantitative focus that has dominated US society. Numbers, measurements, and statistics have served as replacements for more meaningful experiences associated with food quality, taste, and cultural traditions. In her narrative, the author examines the power of language to shape views of food and eating. She provides an excellent discourse on the evolution of the food pyramid and discusses the social, economic, and political factors that play a significant role in the use of quantification as a communication strategy. The clearly written, well-documented chapters contain detailed notes. The book includes an extensive reference list of publications and Web-based resources and an easy-to-use subject index. This is a thoughtful, well-researched work that serves as an excellent resource for understanding the complexities involved in Americans' relationship to food and nutrition. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty, nutritionists, and food scientists. D. C. Anderson Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
This item was reviewed in:
Choice, September 2009
To find out how to look for other reviews, please see our guides to finding book reviews in the Sciences or Social Sciences and Humanities.
Main Description
Provides an alternative history of nutrition in the U.S. that focuses on the power of scientific language
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Eating by Numbers: How Language Shapes Food and Eatingp. 1
The Early History of American Nutrition Research: From Quality to Quantityp. 21
Reading Rederal Nutrition Guides: Quantification as Communication Strategyp. 47
The Food Pyramid: Visualizing Quantificationp. 77
Scaling the Pyramid: Criticisms of the USDAp. 105
Talking about Taste: Alternatives to a Discourse of Quantificationp. 137
Conclusion Rethinking Common Sense: Toward a Rhetoric of Eatingp. 169
Notesp. 179
Referencesp. 191
Indexp. 207
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

This information is provided by a service that aggregates data from review sources and other sources that are often consulted by libraries, and readers. The University does not edit this information and merely includes it as a convenience for users. It does not warrant that reviews are accurate. As with any review users should approach reviews critically and where deemed necessary should consult multiple review sources. Any concerns or questions about particular reviews should be directed to the reviewer and/or publisher.

  link to old catalogue

Report a problem