Social research on contemporary gastronomy is not a field grounded in academic tradition. Food’s inter-disciplinary nature complicates the scholarship. Food is fundamental in its importance to humanity, and the field must evolve. Multi-disciplinary literature on food presenting scholarship addressing the historical, the contemporary and the methodological is reviewed in this study. The selected works defer to is the existence of a temporally grounded knowledge, an Ancestral Wisdom, that has been largely neglected by academia. The advancement of contemporary food scholarship, and hence, successful public policy is dependent on challenging the present scientific age’s penchant towards linear thinking and lab-situated reliability.
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