The article focused on the relationship between food and the American experience, which is certainly a big topic, but then narrowed it to four different perspectives. It was a great opening to the study of food. I was struck by the observation that “food habits represent powerful systems of symbols.” From food production to preparation to consumption, we can see symbols in every step. I was also intrigued by the assertion that what we choose NOT to eat is more telling than what we choose to eat. You can readily see the cultural influence in that statement. The end of the article outlined varying areas of interest of the Association for the Study of Food and Society. While most of the areas are familiar, one I did not recognize: Applied Nutrition. Perhaps this will become clear with future readings.