aerial view of the Amazon river

Food in the Americas

Spring 2001

Table of Contents

Book Reviews

Audacious Reforms

Audacious Reforms

For many Latin Americans, the hopes raised by political democracy over the past two decades have been dashed by the realities of persistent poverty and growing social inequality, and by the…

The Transnational Villagers

The Transnational Villagers

It is commonplace today to speak of the “Global Village”. The growth of technology such as the Internet, cheap international phone service, faxes and satellite television shrink the distance…

Children of Immigration

Children of Immigration

Large-scale immigration is one of the most important social developments of our time. It is a transformational process affecting families and their children. Once immigrants are settled, they…

Food and Nutrition

Food in the Americas

Food in the Americas

People give food meaning. It’s easy to trivialize, because food is everywhere. But love of food is love of life…

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture

Famine and undernourishment are not due to lack of food availability. Rather they result from the inability of people to grow their own food or to purchase it from those that grow it. In other…

Global Food Fights

Global Food Fights

The international debate over genetically modified crops pits a cautious, consumer-driven Europe against aggressive U.S. industry. Today’s backlash against the commercial use of…

From Big to Small, Toxic to Green

From Big to Small, Toxic to Green

Agricultural policy in Cuba has not lacked in audacity. From the wide-sweeping land reforms of 1959 and 1962, to the disastrous drive for a 10 million ton sugar harvest in 1970, to the banning of…

The Art of Peruvian Cuisine

The Art of Peruvian Cuisine

The Spanish brought rice to Peru and first cultivated it in the coastal areas. Peruvians love rice and will eat it along with its Quechua equivalent, the potato. In fact few meals are complete…

Recipes and Food for Thought

Salvadoran Pupusas

Salvadoran Pupusas

There are different brands of tortilla flour to make the dough. MASECA, which can be found in most large supermarkets in the international section, is one of them but there are others. Follow…

Salpicón Nicaragüense

Salpicón Nicaragüense

Nicaraguan salpicón is one of the defining dishes of present-day Nicaraguan cuisine and yet it is unlike anything else that goes by the name of salpicón. Rather, it is an entire menu revolving…

The Lonely Griller

The Lonely Griller

As “a visitor whose days were numbered” in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he tossed aside dietary restrictions to experience the enormous variety of meat dishes, cuts of meat he hadn’t seen…

Latin American Cookbooks

Latin American Cookbooks

The Culinary Collection of Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies’ Arthur & Elisabeth Schlesinger Library would welcome donations of cookbooks in English, Spanish, or Portuguese…

Caipirinha

Caipirinha

1 lime, quartered, 1-2 tablespoons sugar, 2 ounces of cachaca (the fiery Brazilian brandy), Ice cubes…

Cachupa

Cachupa

Isabel Ferreira, known around the Harvard community as the language instructor who teaches Portuguese for Spanish speakers, is used to crossroads. Born in Portugal, she moved to…

The Supermarket as Cultural Spaces

The Supermarket as Cultural Spaces

It wasn’t exactly a shopping trip. Nam was investigating supermarkets and department stores as social, cultural spaces. Consumption is not simply an economic practice, but one of the most…

Sugary Avocados, Mystery Flan

Sugary Avocados, Mystery Flan

Food is the ultimate expression of one’s culture, and even our smallest assumptions about what we eat reveal a lot about where we come from. Sometimes this happens not only for those who…

Peanuts, Popcorn, Cracker Jack

Peanuts, Popcorn, Cracker Jack

While peanuts and popcorn were new to 19th century United States, both had been consumed as snacks in the Americas for thousands of years. Peanuts originated in Bolivia, domesticated by…

An Aztec Remedy

An Aztec Remedy

Lois Wasserspring was feeling sick, really sick; her entire body was aching and she thought she was going to die. It was 1968, and Wasserspring, now a DRCLAS affiliate who is co-director of…

Ajiaco

Ajiaco

Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts, garlic and onion, 12 small yellow potatoes, halved , 2 ears of corn, cut in halves, 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into slices…

Food and Culture: Introduction

Food and Culture: Introduction

Thirty years ago I followed my intuition, and it led me to food. I figured that if I just understood why hunger in the world I could untangle the complexities of the political and economy order…