Press Releases 2014-2015

Academic’s Publication Recognised as a Top Twenty Food Book


Dr Emma-Jayne AbbotsA publication co-edited by University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) academic Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots has been named one of the top twenty food books by the sustainable food-based organisation Food Tank.

Food Tank is an American-based nonprofit organisation focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. They spotlight environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity, and poverty and create networks of people, organisations, and content to push for food-system change.

Food Tank has selected twenty books that entertain, inform, and reaffirm the importance of food and agriculture. From sustainable seafood to ethical eating to field guides for food activists, the books highlight innovative and creative methods that are creating a better, more sustainable food system while educating and informing eaters and consumers.

One of the books selected is entitled ‘Why We Eat, How We Eat: Contemporary Encounters Between Foods and Bodies’, which has been edited by UWTSD’s Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots and Dr Anna Lavis from the University of Birmingham. This book explores the intersection between food and body and examines how eating draws together people, places and objects that may never tangibly meet. Its multi-disciplinary approach to how and why people eat presents a timely and important contribution to current critical debates about people’s food choices.

Dr Abbots has also contributed to two other books in the list, ‘Food Between the Country and the City’ and ‘Food Consumption in Global Perspective’.

Dr Emma-Jayne Abbots is a lecturer in Social/Cultural Anthropology and Heritage at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus. She is a political and economic anthropologist, and her teaching and research interests focus on questions of ecological, cultural, social and economic sustainability; the cultural politics of food; materialities and material culture; the body and biopolitics; and the (re)production, representation and mediation of knowledge.

Dr Abbots has also published on the themes of food safety; food, care, intimacies and kinship; gender and generations; migration and transnationalism; gift and exchange; space and architecture; celebrity chefs; and competitive eating.

Dr Abbots said: “The book addresses a number of critical themes such as food security, health and obesity, and environmental sustainability. It has received excellent academic reviews but this recognition by Food Tank is especially welcome.”

The authors and editors that have contributed to the top-twenty list make up some of the world’s leading experts on food justice and sustainable eating. Food Tank hopes the facts and information in these books will not only inspire people already involved in the food movement but also encourage readers to share and educate others.

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.
  2. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.

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