The Latin American Studies Book Series

Andean Foodways

Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Contemporary Food and Culture

Editors: Staller, John E. (Ed.)

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  • Novel studies of foodways and cuisine in the Andes from multiple anthropological perspectives
  • New insights into pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary food practices in Andean South America
  • Diverse perspectives on Andean food practices through time and in different geographic settings
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There is widespread acknowledgement among anthropologists, archaeologists, ethnobotanists, as well as researchers in related disciplines that specific foods and cuisines are linked very strongly to the formation and maintenance of cultural identity and ethnicity.  Strong associations of foodways with culture are particularly characteristic of South American Andean cultures. Food and drink convey complex social and cultural meanings that can provide insights into regional interactions, social complexity, cultural hybridization, and ethnogenesis.  This edited volume presents novel and creative anthropological, archaeological, historical, and iconographic research on Andean food and culture from diverse temporal periods and spatial settings.

The breadth and scope of the contributions provides original insights into a diversity of topics, such as the role of food in Andean political economies, the transformation of foodways and cuisines through time, and ancient iconographic representations of plants and animals that were used as food. Thus, this volume is distinguished from most of the published literature in that specific foods, cuisines, and culinary practices are the primary subject matter through which aspects of Andean culture are interpreted.

About the authors

John E. Staller (Ph.D. SMU, 1994) is Research Associate with The Botanical Research Institute of Texas and independent researcher. He is an anthropological archaeologist specialized in Latin America and his fieldwork mostly focuses on the Andes and, to a lesser extent, Mesoamerica. He has considerable expertise in the Spanish colonial accounts and ethnohistory. Next to his research on the origins of agriculture, plant domestication and cultivation in Latin America, he has taught as professor at several universities. 
As a research associate with The Field Museum in Chicago (IL, USA) for ten years, he researched and published on several of the museum’s various collections. John E. Staller has identified the only known endemic variety of maize in the world specifically and exclusively adapted to the Copacabana Peninsula in the Lake Titicaca Basin, Bolivia. He authored and edited numerous publications on maize (Zea mays L.) and the biogeography of cultivated plants in Latin America. This includes the volume “Pre-Columbian Landscapes of Creation and Origin” (978-0-387-76909-7) which he edited in 2008, the authored volume “Maize Cobs and Cultures: History of Zea mays L.” in 2010 and the volume “Pre-Columbian Foodways” which he edited with Michael Carrasco in 2010 (all published by Springer). 

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)
  • Andean Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Contemporary Food and Culture

    Pages 1-20

    Staller, John E.

  • Grilling Clams and Roasting Tubers: Andean Maritime Foodways in the Second Millennium B.C.

    Pages 23-59

    Prieto, Gabriel

  • Camelids as Food and Wealth: Emerging Political and Moral Economies of the Recuay Culture

    Pages 61-87

    Lau, George

  • Feast, Food, and Drink on a Paracas Platform, Chincha Valley, Southern Coastal Peru

    Pages 89-108

    Tantaleán, Henry (et al.)

  • Cuisine and Social Differentiation in Late Pre-hispanic Cajamarca Highlands of Northern Peru

    Pages 109-136

    Toohey, Jason L.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Andean Foodways
Book Subtitle
Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Contemporary Food and Culture
Editors
  • John E. Staller
Series Title
The Latin American Studies Book Series
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51629-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51629-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51628-4
Series ISSN
2366-3421
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 424
Number of Illustrations
27 b/w illustrations, 102 illustrations in colour
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