Word of Mouth: What We Talk About When We Talk About Food

Priscilla Ferguson is professor of sociology at Columbia University. Her work ranges from analysis of the literary field in France to studies of the post-revolutionary French novel through explorations of an emerging national culture in France over the 19th century. Her books, Literary France: The Making of a Culture (1984) and Paris as Revolution: Reading the 19th-century City (1994), focus on the institutions of French and especially Parisian culture. Accounting for Taste: The triumph of French cuisine (2004) examines the elaboration and institutionalization of cuisine and gastronomy as prime components of French identity. Word of Mouth (2014) adopts a comparative perspective to consider the many texts, from ads to literature, films and television shows, that make food so central, and so characteristic, a concern in the 21st century.

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