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Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food

Michaela DeSoucey


Who cares about foie gras? As it turns out, many do. In the last decade, this French delicacy—the fattened liver of ducks or geese that have been force-fed through a tube—has been at the center of contentious battles between animal rights activists, artisanal farmers, industry groups, politicians, chefs, and foodies. This book takes the reader to farms, restaurants, protests, and political hearings in both the United States and France to reveal why people care so passionately about foie gras. Bringing together fieldwork, interviews, and materials from archives and the media on both sides of th ... More

Keywords: foie gras, animal rights, artisanal farmers, cultural dynamics, markets, gastropolitics, food, taste, cuisine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154930
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michaela DeSoucey, author
North Carolina State University