Award Winners

ASFS Book Award Past Winners

2016 Winner
Angela Jill Cooley. To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South. University of Georgia Press, 2015.

2015 Winner
Amy Bentley. Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014

2014 Winner
Margaret Gray. Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013

2013 Co-winners
Merry White. Coffee Life in Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012
Kyla Wazana Tompkins. Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century: New York: NYU Press, 2012

Julie Guthman. Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism.

2011 Co-winners
Tracey Deutsch. University of Minnesota, Building a Housewife’s Paradise: Gender, Politics, and American Grocery Stores in the Twentieth Century UNC Press, 2010
Carolyn de la Peña, University of California at Davis, Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda UNC Press, 2010

Janet Poppendieck. Hunter College, SUNY, Free for All: Fixing School Food in America, UC Press, 2010


Belasco Prize for Scholarly Excellence Past Winners

Shana Klein. American University, “Cultivating Fruit and Equality: The Still-Life Paintings of Robert Duncanson.” American Art Vol. 29, No. 2 (2015)

Paul Freedman, Yale University “Women and Restaurants in the Nineteenth-Century United States.” Journal of Social History 47 (2014)

Ty Matejowski, University of Central Florida, “The Incredible, Edible Balut: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Philippines’ Favorite Luminal Food.” Food, Culture, and Society  Vol. 16 Issue 3 (Fall, 2013)

2013 – No award given

Camille Bégin, University of Toronto “Partaking of choice poultry cooked a la southern style: Taste and Race in the New Deal Sensory Economy.” Radical History Review.

Katharina Vester, American University, “Regime Change: Gender, Class, and the Invention of Dieting in Post-Bellum America.” Journal of Social History, Vol. 44, Issue 1 (Fall 2010)

Troy Bickham Texas A&M “Eating the Empire: Intersections of Food, Cookery and Imperialism in Eighteenth Century Britain.” Past and Present Vol 198, Issue 1, (Aug. 2008)

Heather Paxson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology “Post-Pasteurian Cultures: The Microbiopolitics of Raw-Milk Cheese in the United States.” Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 23, Issue 1 (Feb. 2008)


ASFS Award for Food Studies Pedagogy Winners

Nadine Lehrer & Sally Frey, Chatham University
“Culture and Politics of Meat”

Jennifer Burns Bright, Honors College at the University of Oregon
“Bread 101”

2014 – No Award Given

Nicki Tarvlevicz, University of Tasmania
“Understanding Asia through Food”

Rachel Black, Boston University
“Urban Agriculture”

2011 (tied)
Amy Bentley, New York University, “Global Food Cultures: Mexico”
Netta Davis, Boston University, “Experiencing and Understanding Food through the Senses”

Jacob Park and colleagues, Green Mountain College
“Food, Agriculture and Community Development in the Northeast”


Alex MacIntosh Graduate Prize Past Winners

Bradley M. Jones, Washington University in St. Louis
“Consuming Heritage: Politics and Patrimony in the Reinvention of Lowcountry Cuisine”

Adrienne Rose Johnson, Stanford University
“Diet Advice and the ‘Paradise Paradox’: Nutrition Narratives of the Pacific Islands”

Gretchen Sneegas, Chatham University
“Attack of the Frankenfish: An Analysis of Political Cartoon Representations of the GMO Debate”

Ariela Zycherman, Columbia University
“Shocdye as World: Localizing Modernity among the Tsimané Indians of the Bolivian Amazon”

Adrienne Johnson, Stanford University
“The Pastoral Body: A Study of Food and Landscape in American Weight Loss Diets”

Hanna Garth, University of California Los Angeles
“Disconnecting the Mind and Essentialized Fare: Identity, Consumption, and Mental Distress in Santiago de Cuba”

Emily Yates-Doerr, New York University
“The Opacity of Reductionism: Nutritional Black-Boxing and the Meanings of Nourishment”

In Sun Lee, New York University
“Japanese spin on Italian pasta: the social life of Wafuu pasta in Japan”

Kelly Erby, Emory University
“Worthy of Respect: Black Waiters in Boston before the Civil War”

Brione Bruce, York University
“Social Movement Networking: Organic Farming in Kerala, India”

Scott Rosenbaum, New York University
“A Fox in the Vineyard: History, Culture, Meaning, and Taste”


Bill Whit Undergraduate Prize Past Winners

Renata Kristen, University of Amsterdam
“Doctor to Patient as Farmer to Vegetable: Exploring Connections between Healing and Agriculture”

Sydney Kajioka, University of the Pacific
“Culinary Internment of the Japanese-Americans”

Helen Anderson, Stanford University
“Will it Absolve You or Seduce You?: Kale, Guilt, and A New Way of Looking at Morality”

Emily Mendenhall, Duke University
“Losing the Landrace”

Ellen O’Brien, James Madison University
“Cooperative Consumption: “Good Fooding” in a Food Conscious Community”

Victoria Moré, Illinois State University
“Dumpster Dinners: Freeganism at Illinois State University”

Neal Akatsuka, University of Hawai’i
“Haunting Erotics of Gastronomic Desire as Bodily Penetration: Consuming Genetically Modified Food in Japan”

Adrienne Johnson, UC Berkeley
“The American Grotesque: Competitive eating and the cultural meaning of American bodies”

Sveinn Sigurdsson & Ashlan Falletta-Cowden, Lawrence University
“From sustenance to symbol: a multi-generational study of traditionality and modernization in the Icelandic diet”

Joanne Hocking, University of Adelaide, Australia
“From the top of the tree: Fruit, the aristocracy and class distinction in early modern western European paintings”

Andrea Davis, Hampshire College
“A Nutritional Analysis of a Local and Seasonal Diet in the Pioneer Valley”