Request for Input on Potential Book Series

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I have been discussing with Johns Hopkins University Press the possibility of creating a book series that would feature work at the intersection of history of medicine/public health and food studies/history. Historical research at the intersection of these two disciplines could include, but is certainly not limited to, work on:
  • culinary medicine and dietetics
  • public health nutrition
  • food and health sovereignty/justice
  • medicinal recipes/medical gastronomy
  • health food movements
  • nutrigenomics and biohacking
  • engineered foods (e.g., cultured meat) and health
  • the obesity "epidemic"
  • gastropolitics and health
  • food and emotion/mental health (e.g., the gut-brain axis)
  • global food systems and health disparities
  • nutrition in advertising
  • agricultural policy and food/nutrition assistance
We are interested in historical work on the modern period (roughly 1800 to the present) in any geographic context, and we interpret "historical" broadly to include historical sociology, anthropology, and literary studies, as well as work on contemporary phenomena that engages meaningfully with historical context.
To gauge interest in this potential series, I am seeking input from those of you who work in these areas. If you are planning to submit a book proposal in the next year, would you submit it to this series? In addition, if you have any feedback on the conceptual framing of the series, or other examples you think should be included in the bulleted list, please let me know. You can reply to me via email ( or send me a DM on Twitter (@AndrewRuis). If you would consider submitting your proposal to the series, please include a brief description of your book project (a few sentences is fine) so I have some sense of how your work fits.
Thank you for helping me assess the viability of the this exciting (potential) book series! And please feel free to disseminate this post through other channels if you are so inclined.
Andrew Ruis, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Response to this idea was enthusiastic, to say the least, so I am moving forward with a proposal to JHUP! Thanks to all of you who reached out, both those who hope to one day publish in such a series and those who simply wanted to express support for the idea.

I now have one more request: What should we call the series? An obvious choice is something like "Studies in the History of Nutrition," but it is so boring that it actively diminishes how cool and cutting edge this series will be. So, how can we punch up the series name without obfuscating the series topic?

I would love any and all suggestions, no matter how silly they may be. (If you would like to respond privately, feel free to email me or send me a DM on Twitter.)

Also, if I use your suggestion, you will be appointed to the position of Bestower of Names for H-Nutrition :)



Contrary to my fondness for clever titles, I think the boring but clear and straightforward name you suggested is actually best. It will help with visibility in search results and is unambiguous if someone comes across a reference to it. I think the collection of books under its purview will argue for its cutting edge-ness so that we can leave more colorful titles to the books themselves.