edited by Matt Garcia, E. Melanie DuPuis and Don Mitchell
contributions by Tanachai Mark Padoongpatt, William Carleton, Kellen Backer, Mary Murphy, Michael Wise, Teresa M. Mares, Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland, Jessie Mazar, Kathleen Sexsmith, Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Marygold Walsh-Dilley, E. Melanie DuPuis, Matt Garcia, Don Mitchell, Meredith E. Arbaca, Katherine Massoth and José Antonio Vásquez-Medina
Rutgers University Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-8135-9200-8 | Paper: 978-0-8135-9197-1
Library of Congress Classification GT2853.N7F66 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 394.12097

The act of eating defines and redefines borders. What constitutes “American” in our cuisine has always depended on a liberal crossing of borders, from “the line in the sand” that separates Mexico and the United States, to the grassland boundary with Canada, to the imagined divide in our collective minds between “our” food and “their” food. Immigrant workers have introduced new cuisines and ways of cooking that force the nation to question the boundaries between “us” and “them.”  

The stories told in Food Across Borders highlight the contiguity between the intimate decisions we make as individuals concerning what we eat and the social and geopolitical processes we enact to secure nourishment, territory, and belonging.   

Published in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University.