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Beyond the Kitchen Table Black Women and Global Food Systems
edited by Priscilla McCutcheon, Latrica E. Best and Theresa Ann Rajack-Talley

Over the last decade, there has been an increasing amount of scholarship focused on race and food inequity. Much of this research is focused on the United States and its densely populated urban centers. Looking deeply into Black women's roles—economically, environmentally, and socially—in food and agriculture systems in the Caribbean, Africa, and the United States, the contributors address the ways Black women, both now and in the past, have used food as a part of community building and sustenance. They also examine matrilineal food-based education; the importance of Black women's social, cultural, and familial networks in addressing nutrition and food insecurity; the ways gender intersects with class and race globally when thinking about food; and how women-led science and technology initiatives can be used to create healthier and more just food systems.


Contributors include Agnes Atia Apusigah, Neela Badrie, Kenia-Rosa Campo, Dara Cooper, Kelsey Emard, Claudia J. Ford, Hanna Garth, Shelene Gomes, Veronica Gordon, Wendy-Ann Isaac, Lydia Kwoyiga, Gloria Sanders McCutcheon, Eveline M. F. W. Sawadogo/Compaore, Ashanté M. Reese, Sakiko Shiratori, shakara tyler, and Marquitta Webb.


Priscilla McCutcheon is assistant professor of geography at the University of Kentucky.

Latrica E. Best is associate professor of sociology and African and African diaspora studies at Boston College.

Theresa Rajack-Talley is professor in Pan-African studies at Dalhousie University.


"Beyond the Kitchen Table succeeds in the ambitious goal of speaking collectively on issues of food security, food justice, and Black women's agency. Intersectional and transnational, this is a unique and significant contribution to the study of Black foodways." -- Teresa Mares, University of Vermont

"Exciting in its focus on Black women's role in creating community and abundance, this book is a treasure trove of diversity of disciplines and methodologies. No other book has such a wide-ranging diasporic focus." -- Alyshia Gálvez, Lehman College and the City University of New York

[P]   University of North Carolina Press  /  October 31, 2023

0.55" H x 9.21" L x 6.14" W (0.83 lbs) 242 pages