Book ID: CBB105085051

True to the Land: A History of Food in Australia (2021)


Paul van Reyk (Author)

Reaktion Books

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 287
Language: English

Spanning 65,000 years, this book provides a history of food in Australia from its beginnings, with the arrival of the first peoples and their stewardship of the land, to a present where the production and consumption of food is fraught with anxieties and competing priorities. It describes how food production in Australia is subject to the constraints of climate, water, and soil, leading to centuries of unsustainable agricultural practices post-colonization. Australian food history is also the story of its xenophobia and the immigration policies pursued, which continue to undermine the image of Australia as a model multicultural society. This history of Australian food ends on a positive note, however, as Indigenous peoples take increasing control of how their food is interpreted and marketed.

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Review Compiled by Martin Bush (2022) Review of "True to the Land: A History of Food in Australia". Historical Records of Australian Science (pp. 191-197). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Taylor, N. A. J.
Doyle, Aunty Kerrie
Martínez, Julia
Yeomans, Neville D.
Sale, Kayla
Hoover, Elizabeth
History and Anthropology
Health and History
Human Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Social History of Medicine
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Journal of the History of Biology
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Hawai'i Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Duke University Press
Indigenous peoples; indigeneity
Emigration; immigration
Food and foods
Science and culture
Great Britain, colonies
Spencer, Baldwin
Skinner, Henry Devenish
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
West Africa
United States

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