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Nourishing Life: Foodways and Humanity in an African Town

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Volume 7

Food, Nutrition, and Culture

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Nourishing Life

Foodways and Humanity in an African Town

Arianna Huhn

234 pages, 20 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-889-4 $130.00/£97.00 Hb Published (September 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-890-0 eBook

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“The nuanced discussion of the Nyanja concepts of nourishment, as it relates to the dietary quality of vitamina (vitamins) ascribed to certain foods and as dependent on ‘interdependence, cooperative labor, compassion, and moral intelligence’, is thoughtful and challenging...Recommended.” • Choice

“Lucid and at times lyrical, this study will be valuable to scholars in food studies, African Studies, and Anthropology more generally. The accessible writing style [makes] it possible to use this manuscript in the classroom at a variety of undergraduate and graduate levels”. • Kathryn M. de Luna, Georgetown University


In this accessible ethnography of a small town in northern Mozambique, everyday cultural knowledge and behaviors about food, cooking, and eating reveal the deeply human pursuit of a nourishing life. This emerges less through the consumption of specific nutrients than it does in the affective experience of alimentation in contexts that support vitality, compassion, and generative relations. Embedded within central themes in the study of Africa south of the Sahara, the volume combines insights from philosophy and food studies to find textured layers of meaning in a seemingly simple cuisine.

Arianna Huhn is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino and Director of the university's Anthropology Museum. Her work on Mozambican foodways  received the Terence Ranger Prize from the Journal of Southern African Studies in 2017, and the Christine Wilson Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition in 2012.

Subject: Food & Nutrition Anthropology (General) Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Africa


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