The culminating project for Food and Culture is an independent research paper of your choice. You may choose a topic that we are exploring in class, or an area of personal or academic interest.

A sample list of the types of topics is as follows:

  • .  Exploring a particular ethnic group’s foodways
  • .  Specific religious practices and food
  • .  Wonder Bread as an American phenomenon
  • .  An in-depth study of a food event or festival
  • .  An ethnographic study of a soup kitchen
  • .  A literary analysis of food related novels or films
  • .  A cultural analysis of veganism
  • .  Cultural identity through street food
  • .  Power and chefs
  • .  Cultural significance of medieval fasts and feasts
  • .  A study of a foreign family’s acculturation and resistance through food
  • .  Technology’s role in “Americanizing” an ethnic cuisine
  • .  Masculine meat, and feminine field greens

Double spaced
7-8 pages
12pt Times New Roman font
Provide a title that accurately defines your paper.
Provide a cover page (not part of the page count)
Provide a reference page (not part of the page count)
Abstract page (not part of the page count)
Written in third person

Create a clearly stated thesis, and focus the entire paper around it.  Provide specific examples to support this thesis.  Select other studies, or scholarly articles (peer reviewed) to use as models.  For example, if you are doing a study on female roles in Ethiopian festival cooking, look for studies that also focus on gender roles or festival food preparations.  It is important that you incorporate other academic studies into your paper I am not however, just looking for a related literature review.  You must not just cite these projects, but frame them, or compare them to your study in some way.

Explore the Internet, newspaper articles, journals, live interviews, participate in an actual event or situation, or consult archives.

All information is helpful.  Please include at least FIVE scholarly references (journals or books).

Additionally, you may use newspapers, popular magazines, cookbooks, trade publications, films, surveys, pamphlets, labels, and so forth. Strong research papers combine both primary and secondary sources.

It is understood that the paper must be free of typographical and grammatical errors.  Check the rules of plagiarism.  Cite all original quotes and paraphrased information. Please use the APA style and make sure that you consult an online style manual for the exact way to reference materials.