“We eat more than kangaroo tail or dugong you know…” : recent indigenous Australian cookbooks

Fredericks, Bronwyn & Anderson, Margaret (2013) “We eat more than kangaroo tail or dugong you know…” : recent indigenous Australian cookbooks. M/C Journal. A Journal of Media and Culture, 16(3), p. 1.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on a series of cookbooks published by Indigenous Australian groups. These cookbooks are typically produced with government funding, and are developed by nutritionists, dieticians, and health workers in consultation with local communities. They are designed to teach Indigenous Australians to cook healthy, nutritious, low-cost meals. In this paper, Fredericks and Anderson identify the value of these cookbooks as low-cost, public health interventions. However, they note that their value as health interventions has not been tested. Fredericks and Anderson question the value of these cookbooks within the broader context of the health disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians. They argue that the cookbooks are developed from a Western perspective of health and nutrition that fails to recognise the value of traditional Indigenous foodways. They suggest that incorporating more Indigenous food knowledge and food-related traditions into cookbooks may be one way of improving health among Indigenous peoples and revitalising Indigenous knowledge.

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ID Code: 61828
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Bronwyn Fredericks is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), a member of the Indigenous Studies Research Network, QUT and a member of the National Inidgenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN)which is auspiced by QUT. Bronwyn Fredericks is a Professor and the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement)and BMA Chair in Indigenous Engagement at Central Queensland University, Australia.
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Keywords: Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous, Australia, Food, Nutrition, Cookbooks, Food writing, Food writers, Creativity
ISSN: 1441-2616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Copyright Owner: Bronwyn Fredericks and Margaret Anderson
Deposited On: 13 Aug 2013 04:59
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2013 23:31

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