This book includes recipes and essays written by students from SDSU's Fall 2012 Geography of Food class. It takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the meanings of food and its central place in shaping who we are, how we live and what we want to be. It is divided into three sections: our bodies, our cultures and our earth, reflecting the wide range of relationships and meanings that food represents.
Pascale Joassart-Marcelli is an associate professor of Geography at San Diego State University, where she teaches courses on food and society, food justice, urban and economic geography, and sustainable cities, and mentors both graduate and undergraduate students. Her research focuses on the role of place in shaping immigrant integration, informal and multiple economies, and migrant civil society. One of her most recent projects focuses on understanding how food and food practices can be a source of civic participation, cultural engagement, place-making and belonging. She is particularly interested in the everyday food practices of immigrant children and families and the emotional relationships surrounding these.