Saturday, August 18, 2012
I just started reading the book Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get It Back. It is a great piece of culinary history. The author, Ann Vileisis, includes the usual sources like David Kamp and Laura Shapiro. Yet, she also does her own reporting - analyzing advertisements and archival materials. I was most impressed with her mixing of news and advertising since consumers obviously get food information from both sources. She does not write much about food reporting in newspapers and instead focusing on women's magazines. (I was happy to find a Jane Nickerson reference - there is a footnote on page 294.)
A chapter in my book will explore the sometimes complicated relationship between advertising and reporting in the food sections of newspapers.