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Food and Culture



LIBRARY CATALOG: Search for materials in the COD library or in libraries worldwide. In this online catalog you can conduct a KEYWORD search by using the search statement "food and culture" and come up with many items. A good SUBJECT search is FOOD HABITS, or a try a KEYWORD search using FOOD HABITS AND [here type in the name of the country or culture group].

To find cookbooks, you can do a KEYWORD search. In one search box type in the name of the group, location, or topic, and in the second search box type in: cookbook or cookery.
Outline of the Library of Congress Classification System (what COD uses to arrange its books on the shelves)
I-SHARE (formerly Illinet Online): Get books from over 80 Illinois academic libraries
Interlibrary Loan, to get books and journal articles from other libraries around the country.


Why Reference Sources?

Is your research topic too big to cover in a short paper?  Is your topic so specific that sources will be hard to find?

Before you even begin your research, start the process with reference sources-- in the Library's Reference Section or online in our databases.  Reference books, like subject encyclopedias, can give you a head start and make your research easier in the long run.  Use reference sources to:

  • find a topic
  • narrow your topic
  • find keywords
  • get background information on your topic

.....The Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where, and Why. Reference HD 9000.5 .M 52 2008
.....Atlas of World Hunger Reference G 1046 .E 59 B 38 2010
.....Food Access Research Atlas U.S. Department of Agriculture
.....Food: An Atlas . Reference TX 353 .F 547 2013
.....The Foodlover's Atlas of the World. General Collection TX 355 .S 48 2002.
.....Food Environment Atlas U.S. Department of Agriculture
.....The Penguin Atlas of Food. Reference HD 9000.5 .M 52 2003
.....The World Atlas of Beer. Reference TP 577 .W 393 2012
.....The World Atlas of Food: A Gourmet's Guide to the Great Regional Dishes of the World. General Collection TX 725 .A1 W 66 1974
.....The World Atlas of Wine. Reference TP 648 .J 66 2013

The A - to - Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law. Reference KF 3869 .W 53 2011.

American Food by the Decades (the 20th century). General TX 360 .U 6 A 755 2011.

Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia. (2015)

Asian American Food Culture. (2015)

Cambridge World History of Food Reference TX 353 .C 255 2000.

The Chicago Food Encyclopedia Reference TX 360 .U 63 C 4534 2017

Cultural Encyclopedia of Vegetarianism

Dictionary of Food Science and Technology

Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Reference AE 5 .E 363 2005

Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems (2014)

Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. (2014)

Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

Encyclopedia of North American Eating and Drinking Traditions, Customs, and Rituals. Reference GT 2853 .U 5 G 39

Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food

Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Super Bowl : An Encyclopedia. (2008)

Ethnic American Food Today: A Cultural Encyclopedia. (2015)

The Ethnic Food Lover's Companion. General TX 725 .A 1 Z 46 2001

Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat. Reference TX 370 .S 635 2012

Food: An Authoritative and Visual History and Dictionary of the Foods of the World. General Collection TX 349 .R 58.

The Food and Culture Around the World Handbook. Reference TX 353 .B 6985 2011

Food and Drink in American History: A "Full Course" Encyclopedia. Reference TX 349 .F 5716 2013

Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia

Food, Feasts, and Faith : An Encyclopedia of Food Culture in World Religions.

Food History Almanac. Reference TX 353 .C 568 2014

Food: In Context

Food in the Ancient World, from A - to - Z. Reference GT 2853 .G 8 D 35 2003

Foods that Changed History Reference TX 349 .C 86 2015

Gale Encyclopedia of Diets

Gluttony: A Dictionary for the Indulgent

Green Food: An A to Z Guide. (2010)

International Cookbook of Life-Cycle Celebrations

The International Dictionary of Food and Nutrition. Reference TX 349 .A 236 1993

Menus from History: Historic Meals and Recipes for Every Day of the Year

Multicultural Cookbook of Life-Cycle Celebrations.

The Multicultural Handbook of Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics

Nectar and Ambrosia: An Encyclopedia of Food in World Mythology. Reference GR 498 .A53 2000

The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink. Reference TX 349 .O 94 2007

The Oxford Companion to Beer. Reference TP 570 .O 94 2012

The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Reference TP 421 .O 94 2015

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America.

Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues. (2015)

Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture

Sweet Treats around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. (2014)

They Eat That? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Weird and Exotic Food from Around the World

We Eat What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Unusual Foods in the United States

The World Cookbook for Students.
1. Afghanistan to Cook Islands.
2. Costa Rica to Iran.
3. Iraq to Myanmar.
4. Namibia to Spain.
5. Sri Lanka to Zimbabwe.
For each country there is a discussion of foodstuffs, styles of eating, typical dishes, and the demographic outlines of society.

World Cultures Encyclopedia / Countries and Their Cultures Encyclopedia

The World Encyclopedia of Food. Reference TX 349 .C 69 1982

World Food: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Social Influence. Reference TX 349 .S 66 2013

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. Reference GN 333 .W 67

You Are What You Eat: People, Culture, and Food Traditions. Ref. GT 2850 .B 37 1999


You need a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.


Academic OneFile. An index to over 2500 magazines and journals covering a variety of topic areas including anthropology as well as food and culture. This database provides references, abstracts, and many times the full-text of articles.

Academic Search Complete. Abstracts from nearly 3000 journals and full text for 1250 journals including general reference, education, social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, library and information science.

AnthroSource. AnthroSource is a full-text collection of anthropology journals available online spanning the discipline for almost 100 years. Anthropologists study the food and dining activities of individuals and ethnic groups.

CultureGrams. Culturegrams is a core reference resource on understanding the world's peoples through the documentation of the unique details of their customs, traditions, and daily life.

SocIndex with Full-Text articles. The database features more than 1,700,000 records with subject headings from a 15,600 term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and expert lexicographers. This product also contains informative abstracts for more than 740 "core" coverage journals dating as far back as 1895. In addition, this database provides data mined from more than 540 "priority" coverage journals as well as from over 2,800 "selective" coverage journals. Further, extensive indexing for books/monographs, conference papers, and other content sources is included.


Google Scholar. This provides access to many free full-text articles, as well as citations to many other articles.

Handbook of Latin American Studies. Citations-only database from the U.S. Library of Congress.

JSTOR: JSTOR is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700's to the early 2000's. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

Latin American Periodicals Tables of Contents (LAPTOC). No full-text articles.

Open Access Journals Directory (free full-text journal articles)

Project MUSE. Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 500+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.

More COD Library journal and newspaper article databases
Does the COD Library own the journal that I need?
Explanation of Scholarly Journals
Explanation of the Difference between Journals and Magazines
How to Read a Research Study Article


Food: A Cultural Culinary History Series. (online video)

Cuisine in a Global Context.
Foodways, from the Encyclopedia of American Studies.
Foodways, from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
Food, from the Encyclopedia of Anthropology.
Food, from the Encyclopedia of Community.
Food,” from the Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
Food, from Key Concepts in Leisure Studies.
Ethnic Cuisines, from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
Food and Politics, from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
Food as a Symbol, from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
Food in Folklore and Literature
Food Security, from Food: In Context.
Feasts, Festivals, and Fasts from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
Food, Geography of, from the Encyclopedia of Human Geography.
Geography, from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
"Consumption, from Key Concepts in Urban Geography. Scroll down to the section on “Foodscapes.”
Meal from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
The Sociology of Food and Eating.

Regional Information

Food, from the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Regional Cultures: The Midwest.
The Midwest, from the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture.
United States – the Midwest, from Food Cultures of the World.
Chicago, from the Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America.
Foodways, from the Encyclopedia of Chicago.
Restaurants, from the Encyclopedia of Chicago.


Background Readings
Eating Disorders Overview
Anatomy and Physiology of Hunger
Anorexia Nervosa
Aversion to Food
Binge Eating
Bulimia Nervosa
Eating Disorders and Body Image
Psychosocial Disorders

General call number area: RC 552 .E 18
Eating Disorders: A Reference Sourcebook.
Eating Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Treatment, and Prevention.
List of COD Library books on Eating Disorders
List of COD Library videos on Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders, from the U.S. National Library of Medicine
Psychology library research guide


What is Food Security?
Ethics library research guide
Nutrition library research guide
Social Problems library research guide

Background Readings
Agricultural Ethics and Social Justice
Dietary Guidelines
Effects of Malnutrition
Food and Bioethics
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Food Banks
Food Deserts
Food Ethics
Food Justice
Food Pantries
Food Policy
Food Security
Food Spoilage
Food Stamps
Food Waste
Government Food Assistance
International Food Aid
Meals on Wheels program
Soup Kitchens
Summer Food Service Program
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Reference Books
Encyclopedia of World Poverty. (2006)
Food and Famine in the 21st Century: An Encyclopedia.
Poverty and Government in America: A Historical Encyclopedia. (2009)
Poverty in the United States : An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy. Reference HC 110 .P 6 P 598 2004
Sage Encyclopedia of Food Issues. (2015)

Internet Sites
DuPage County Department of Community Services - Client Services (formerly Human Services)
DuPage County Food Pantries
DuPage County Poverty Information
Feeding America - Illinois
Feeding Illinois
Food & Community from the Kellogg Foundation
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Hunger Coalition
Map the Meal Gap
Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN)
State of Food Insecurity in the World (FAO).
The United Nations and Food Security Task Force.
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food Security information.
World Food Security Indicators (FAO)