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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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CO-SPONSORED SESSION: Religion and Food Unit and Study of Judaism Unit

Call for Papers: 

Nora Rubel's (forthcoming) book, Recipes for the Melting Pot: The Lives of the Settlement Cook Book offers a cultural biography of The Way to a Man’s Heart: The Settlement Cook Book, the most successful fundraising cookbook in American history, having seen forty printings and sold over two million copies. Non-kosher from the start, the book that emerged from a turn-of-the-century Jewish Settlement House featured traditional Jewish recipes alongside a multi-ethnic fusion that reflected not only its Midwestern, acculturated Jewish origins, but also projected cosmopolitan aspirations. Accordingly, we are interested in submissions that will engage this book. Topics include, but are not limited to:

o The impact of The Settlement Cook Book on the construction of a Jewish American religio-culinary culture
o The challenges of cultural memory in maintaining religio-culinary tradition
o The cultural impact of carrying on food traditions in a new land (or we could say in diasporic contexts?)
o Food and religion’s impact on serving sub-cultural communities
o Connections between domestic reform and religious reform movements

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