plural noun
food·​ways | \ ˈfüd-ˌwāz How to pronounce foodways (audio) \

Definition of foodways

: the eating habits and culinary practices of a people, region, or historical period

Examples of foodways in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Native foodways education and training center is part of the nonprofit arm of the Sioux Chef, the groundbreaking work of Sean Sherman and Dana Thompson. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "How Twin Cities restaurants are fighting food insecurity — even as their industry struggles," 26 Mar. 2021 Despite being such a bedrock of cooking, soul food—and Black foodways in general—is not regularly taught about in culinary schools. Priya Krishna, Condé Nast Traveler, "A New Cookbook Celebrates Soul Food from Around the World," 16 Mar. 2021 Make friends with your local farmers and build better, more sustainable foodways. Kiki Louya, Bon Appétit, "How One Detroit Chef Is Serving History in a Shoebox," 26 Feb. 2021 Smith is quick to note these businesses represent a wide range of African food traditions and cultures including Jamaican, Ethiopian and others, and that the event is not exclusively focused on African American foodways. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Black Restaurant Week San Antonio list of participating Black-owned restaurants, vendors, events released," 8 Feb. 2021 Why is a guy from Winona immersing himself in the rich heritage of Southern foodways? Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 15 Jan. 2021 But that didn't stop the accolades as readers dove into the new volume with its 150 recipes, a collaboration with Osayi Endolyn, who interviewed dozens of Black chefs, historians and food writers to examine Black foodways. Lee Svitak Dean, Star Tribune, "Marcus Samuelsson's latest book celebrates Black food and the chefs who make it," 22 Jan. 2021 Birdsall makes clear that Beard was focused on the food of European immigrants, a quiet acknowledgment that Beard didn’t seek to speak for all Americans or all their foodways. Madeline Leung Coleman, The Atlantic, "The ‘Great Man’ Theory of American Food," 29 Nov. 2020 As scholar Kelly Urig writes in her book, New Mexico Chiles: History, Legend and Lore, this is what gave New Mexico the time and space to develop foodways more distinct than its East Coast counterparts. Gowri Chandra, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Green Chile Road Trip Through New Mexico," 10 Nov. 2020

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Foodways.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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