By addressing the issue of food and eating in Britain today this collection considers the ways in which food habits are changing and shows how social and personal identities and perceptions of health risk influence people's food choices.

The articles explore, among other issues:
• the family meal
• wedding cakes
• nostalgia and the invention of tradition
• the rise of vegetarianism
• the recent BSE crisis
• the `creolization' of British food eating out
• creation of individual identity through lifestyle.

The contributors include Hanna Bradby, Simon Charsley, Allison James, Anne Keane, Lydia Martens and Alan Warde.

chapter 1|31 pages

Approaches to the study of food, health and identity

ByPat Caplan

chapter 2|18 pages

Family meals — a thing of the past?

ByAnne Murcott

chapter 3|21 pages

Marriages, weddings and their cakes

BySimon Charsley

chapter 4|16 pages

How British is British food?

ByAllison James

chapter 5|24 pages

Fast food/spoiled identity

Iranian migrants in the British catering trade
ByLynn Harbottle

chapter 6|20 pages

‘Bacon sandwiches got the better of me'

Meat-eating and vegetarianism in South-East London
ByAnna Willetts

chapter 7|20 pages

Urban pleasure?

On the meaning of eating out in a northern city
ByLydia Martens, Alan Warde

chapter 8|21 pages

‘We never eat like this at home'

Food on holiday
ByJanice Williams

chapter 9|21 pages

Too hard to swallow?

The palatability of healthy eating advice
ByAnne Keane

chapter 10|20 pages

Being told what to eat

Conversations in a Diabetes Day Centre
BySimon Cohn

chapter 11|21 pages

Health, eating and heart attacks

Glaswegian Punjabi women's thinking about everyday food
ByHannah Bradby

chapter 12|18 pages

Scaremonger or scapegoat?

The role of the media in the emergence of food as a social issue
ByJacquie Reilly, David Miller

chapter 13|15 pages

Declining meat

Past, present . . . and future imperfect?
ByNick Fiddes