Award Winners

ASFS Book Award Winners

Single Author (tie):
Camille Bégin. Taste of the Nation: The New Deal Search for American’s Food, University of Illinois Press (2016)

Brad Weiss. Real Pigs: Shifting Values in the Field of Local Pork, Duke University Press (2016)

Edited Volume:
Jennifer Jensen Wallach Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop, University of Arkansas Press (2015)

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.

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

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

2013 (tie)
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 (tie)
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 Winners

Audrey Russek. “Domestic Restaurants, Foreign Tongues” from Dethroning the Deceitful Pork Chop: Rethinking African American Foodways from Slavery to Obama Jennifer Jensen Wallach, Ed., U. of Arkansas Press, 2015

Honorable Mention:  
Xaq Frohlich. “The informational turn in food politics: The US FDA’s nutrition label as information infrastructure” Social Studies of Science, Vol. 46, Issue 5 pp. 145–171

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

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

Ty Matejowski. “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. “Partaking of choice poultry cooked a la southern style: Taste and Race in the New Deal Sensory Economy.” Radical History Review.

Katharina Vester. “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. “Eating the Empire: Intersections of Food, Cookery and Imperialism in Eighteenth Century Britain.” Past and Present Vol 198, Issue 1, (Aug. 2008)

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

Food, Culture & Society Article Award

This unsolicited award is given by the editors of the journal to the article published in the previous calendar year that best exhibits particular excellence and also represents the scope and mission of the ASFS.

Susan Bridle-Fitzpatrick, “Tortillas, Pizza, and Broccoli: Social Class and Dietary Aspirations in a Mexican City” FCS 19:1 (March 2016): 93-128.

ASFS Award for Food Studies Pedagogy Winners

Jonathan Deutsch, Drexel University
“Experimental Foods: Product Development”

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 Winners

2017 (tie)
Nick Dreher, University of Oregon
“Matcha as Superfood: Cultural Colonizing through Ignoring Origins?”

Brandie Roberts, University of the Pacific
“Becoming American: Anxiety, Food, and Identity in Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen

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 Winners


Rosa Celeste Shipley, Kenyon College
“The Valuation of the Imagined Pastoral in Chef’s Table”

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”