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March 24, 2015

FHS_36-2_covWhat could be better than France and food? The special issue editors of “Food and France: What Food Studies Can Teach Us about History,” Erica J. Peters and Bertram Gordon, are proud to publish this issue of French Historical Studies attesting to the growth of interest in food history. In this guest post, they give an overview of the topics selected.

In the last generation, food history has gained increased attention on the part of researchers and the general public. The Food History News website currently lists fifteen culinary history organizations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and some twenty-two academic periodicals are devoted to food studies. The five articles published in the FHS special issue offer a broad range of social and cultural insights into the development of French gastronomy ranging chronologically from the introduction of coffee into...

March 23, 2015

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David Grubbs by Gonçalo Santos David Grubbs by Gonçalo Santos

I’m always curious about the ways writers describe musical performance. From the end of the spectrum that terminates in refusal, we first pass through ever-thickening—paralyzing, even—reluctance to render musical performance in prose.

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March 19, 2015

978-0-8223-4380-6_prWe were sorry to learn of the death March 18 of blues scholar Samuel Charters. Charters was the author of A Language of Song: Journeys in the Musical World of the African Diaspora, which we published in 2009.

According to his obituary in the New York Times, Charters was both an author and a producer. His first book, The Country Blues, originally published in the 1950s, is still in print. He produced albums for Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, James Cotton and Charlie Musselwhite, and Country Joe & the Fish. He also wrote several collections of poetry.

In A Language of Song, Charters took...

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