James H. Thomason Library

Interdisciplinary Studies 110: You Are What You Eat.
Reference Sources

  Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
  Reserve Books
  Atlases, Timelines, etc.
  Image Sources
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat/ Interlibrary Loan
Locating Articles
  Article Databases
  Journal Finder
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Above right:: "Summer, 1573" by Guiseppe Arcimboldo (1573). Oil on canvas. Repository: Louvre, Paris.  Image Source Bridgeman Art Library Archive (CREDO Reference Collection database)

denotes recommended resource

Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias   back to top

An A-Z of Food and Drink [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2004.

The Cambridge World History of Food
[CREDO Reference]. Kenneth F. Kiple & Kriemhild Conee Ornelas, editors. Cambridge U. Press, 2000.


  • Part I Determining What Our Ancestors Ate
  • Part II Staple Foods: Domesticated Plants and Animals
  • Part III Dietary Liquids
  • Part IV The Nutrients – Deficiencies, Surfeits, and Food-Related Disorders
  • Part V Food and Drink around the World
  • Part VI History, Nutrition, and Health
  • Part VII Contemporary Food-Related Policy Issues
  • Part VIII A Dictionary of the World’s Plant Foods


A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition [Oxford Reference Online] 2nd ed. David A. Bender. Oxford University Press, 2005.
The Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson. Oxford University Press, 1999.
Main Level, Reference:
R 641.3 D281O

The Encyclopedia of Food.
Artemus Ward, 1923.

Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
641.03 W21e    A quite dated publication, but useful for historical purposes.


Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food
[EBSCO eBook Collection]Leslie A. Duram, editor.  Greenwood, 2010.

Also available in print:

Main Level, Reference: R 338.197303 En19E

Foodways (The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture; v. 7

John T. Edge, volume editor.  

University of North Carolina Press, 2007. 
Main Level, Reference:
 R 975.00321 N42N v.7

This volume marks the first encyclopedia of the food culture of
the American South, surveying the vast diversity of foodways
within the region and the collective qualities that make them distinctively southern.

Articles in this volume explore the richness of southern foodways, examining not only what southerners eat but also why they eat it


Reserve Books
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The following books are related to this course and may be on Reserve when this course is taught. Reserves are shelved behind the Circulation Desk, by Professor's name.

The Art of Dining: A History of Cooking & Eating.
Sara Paston-Williams National Trust, 1993. Reserves: 641.09 P268A

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.  Eric Schlosser.

Perennial, 2002.   Reserves: 394.10973 Sch39F

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Michael Pollan. Penguin Press, 2008.

Reserves: 613.2 P76I

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.  Michael Pollan. Penguin Press, 2006. Reserves: 613.2 P76o

Salt: A World History. Mark Kurlansky.
Thorndike Press, 2002.

Reserves: 553.632 K965S

Whitebread Protestants: Food and Religion in American Culture.  Daniel Sack. St. Martin's Press, 2000.  Reserves: 261 Sa14W

Eating History: 30 Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine. Andrew F. Smith, Columbia U. Press, 2009.  Reserves: 641.30973 Sm51E

Food & Philosophy: Eat, Think and Be Merry. Fritz Allhoff & Dave Monroe, editors. Blackwell Pub., 2007.  Reserves:  641.3001 F739F

eBooks   back to top

Adventures in Eating: Anthropological Experiences of Dining from Around the World.  Helen R. Haines and Clare A. Sammells, editors.  University Press of Colorado, 2010. [EBSCOhost eBook Collection].

Fresh: A Perishable History. Susanne Freidberg. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009.  [EBSCOhost eBook Collection].

Inside Ancient Kitchens : New Directions in the Study of Daily Meals and Feasts. Elizabeth A. Klarich, editor. University Press of Colorado, c2010. [EBSCOhost eBook Collection].

Your Brain on Food: How Chemicals Control Your Thoughts and Feelings. Gary L. Wenk. Oxford University Press, 2010. [EBSCOhost eBook Collection].


Atlases, Timelines   back to top

Atlas of Food: Who Eats What, Where, and Why
U. of California Press, 2008.
Erik Millstone and Tim Lang. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 641.3 M629A
Pt. 1. Contemporary challenges. Current concerns; Feeding the world; Unequal distribution; Environmental challenges; Water pressure; Nutritional deficiencies; Over-nutrition; Contamination -- Pt. 2. Farming. Mechanization; Industrial livestock production; Animal feed; Animal diseases ; Agricultural R&D ; Genetically modified crops ; Pesticides ; Fertilizers; Working the land; Land ownership; Urban farming; Fishing and aquaculture; Agricultural biodiversity; Organic farming; Greenhouse gases -- Pr. 3. Trade. Trade flows; Live animal transport; Subsidized trade; Trade disputes; Trade dependency; Fair trade -- Pt. 4. Processing, retailing & consumption. Staple foods; Changing diets; Processing giants; Retail power; Organic food; Food additives; Eating out; Fast food; Alcohol; Advertising and marketing; Citizens bite back -- Pt. 5. Data tables. Agriculture; Consumption.

Food Timeline

Covers history, geographical distribution, and other topics.

Image Sources   back to top


ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

Right: Joachim Beuckelaer, Kitchen Scene (1566). Oil on Wood.  Musée du Louvre.

Below: Joachim Beuckelaer, Vegetable Vendor (1563) Oil on Wood.  Musée des Beaux Arts, Valencienne.

Image Source: ARTstor Database.


Bridgeman Art Library Archive

[CREDO Reference]. Bridgeman Art Library, 2008.

"An outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world. Every subject, concept, style and medium

is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Fine art as well as design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropological artefacts and many others are featured in the collection." (from database descripton).


Right: Albert-Auguste Fourie. The Wedding Meal at Yport (1886).


Locating Books   back to top
 THOMCAT back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

  Pollan, Michael   [as AUTHOR]

    Child, Julia [as SUBJECT] (in PASCAL Catalog)  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to food and dining.





Cookery, International


Cookery, English -- History


Cookery, French


Cookery, American -- Southern style

Food habits  

Food Habits United States

Food habits -- Psychological aspects  

Food History

Food In The Bible  
Food Religious Aspects Christianity  
Food Preferences  
Food supply  
Food -- United States -- Marketing  
Food preferences  


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
food* = food, foods, foodways, etc.

cultur*= culture, cultures, cultural, etc.

cook* = cook, cooks, cooking, cookery, etc.

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
food* AND cultur*

· Use OR between words to expand your search

                                  restaurant* OR diner*

Group OR terms with parentheses when combining

with an "AND" statement:

               menu* AND (restaurant* OR diner*)

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, PASCAL Catalog, & journal article databases

PASCAL Catalog back to top

PASCAL Catalog

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC.Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat, ILL back to top


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.


Interlibrary Loan

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

Locating Articles:   back to top
Article Databases/Indexes   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Try using search techniques in Keyword Search Tips  listed above for more effective retrieval of articles.

Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost] Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals

A searchable archive of full-text journals covering all disciplines while providing more full-text access in the library's electronic databases.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection
Current and recent volumes of over 100 core journals in the humanities and social sciences

Newspaper Source Plus Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles.


Journal Finder back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals,
magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.


Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, and will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.



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