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Cultures of Milk

The Biology and Meaning of Dairy Products in the United States and India

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$49.50 • £39.95 • €44.50

ISBN 9780674729056

Publication Date: 06/09/2014


208 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

34 halftones


What a readable, informative, and fascinating book! Andrea Wiley deftly compares the culture, history, and biology of milk drinking in the U.S. and India to create a truly biocultural analysis of how these very different cultures utilize and think about milk drinking. This volume is essential reading for anyone curious about how culture affects biology, and how public discourse shapes cultural perceptions about good food, the good body, and the good citizen.—Janet Chrzan, Department of Anthropology and School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Cultures of Milk is a lucid and concise exploration of two of the world’s great dairying cultures. Wiley’s mastery of the material is evident throughout, as she weaves cultural, biological, historical, and nutritional data into a theoretically coherent narrative. It should be of interests to all students of food, whatever their particular angle is on the topic—nutritionists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, etc.—John S. Allen, University of Southern California

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