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Appetites and Anxieties (by Cynthia Baron, Diane Carson, and Mark Barnard)

by: Baron, Cynthia; Carson, Diane; and Barnard, Mark

Detriot MI: Wayne State University Press, Hardbound
ISBN: 978-0-8143-3731-7

Reviewed by: Jacqueline m. Newman
Spring Volume: 2015 Issue: 22(1) page(s): 24

Subtitled: Food, Film, and the Politics of Representation, this well researched and well written volume joins the small but growing set of books exploring what we see on the screen. We are thrilled to have their nine delicious chapters; they look at film’s cultural and material politics, product placement, and other areas including timely topics in American and foreign films.

Explore them looking at their foodways and the food industry that supplies them in this book that uses a broad brush and makes fine points from a broad perspective. It includes politics, community, social critique, food in documentaries, the intersection of food, gender, class, race, ethnicity, cannibalism, and so much more.

Specifically, the authors look at and mention three films specific to Chinese food. They are Chinatown by Polanski (1974), The Chinese Feast by Hark (1995), and China Syndrome by Bridges (1997). If you have yet to see them, check out film renting sources to do so; they are well worth your time.

There is lots of room for other interested parties to detail films and documentaries before and since these were made. More and more films about China and Chinese food have come to the screen. We hope many will see and write about them, and soon.

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