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Best Reference Book of 2023

Awarded by Library Journal

Every year, Library Journal names its selections for Best Reference Book of the Year after reviewing thousands of titles. Bloomsbury Academic is thrilled to announce that Food Cultures of China: Recipes, Customs, and Issues was included in the list of 2023 reference resources.

Food Cultures of China: Recipes, Customs, and Issues

Part of Bloomsbury’s Global Kitchen series, this book takes readers on a food tour of China, covering everything from daily staples to holiday specialties. In addition to discovering China's long culinary history, you’ll learn about recent trends, foreign influences, and contemporary food and dietary concerns, such as obesity and environmental sustainability.

Chapters are organized thematically, making it easy to focus in on particular courses or types of dishes. For those hungry for a more hands-on approach, each chapter includes a collection of accessible recipes that allow readers to bring the subject to life in their own kitchens. The main text is supplemented by sidebars that offer interesting bite-sized facts, a chronology of important dates in China’s culinary history, and a glossary of key food- and dining-related terms.

Bloomsbury Academic's SDG-aligned Book of 2023

Bloomsbury Academic and Bloomsbury Digital Resources are proud to announce 2023’s SDG-aligned Book of the Year. This resource represents innovative thinking and extensive research in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

Religion and Inequality in Africa

This volume reflects on the interface between religion and inequality, and how this impacts development in different African contexts. Some contributors undertake detailed analyses of how religion creates (and justifies) different forms of inequalities that hold back individuals, groups, communities and even the entire continent from flourishing, while others show how religion can also mitigate inequality in Africa.

Topics addressed include gender inequality, economic inequality, disability, ageism and religious homophobia. With a focus on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 10 to reduce inequality within and among countries, this book highlights the extent to which Africa’s “notoriously religious” identity needs to be taken into account in discourses on development.


Outstanding Choice Academic Titles of 2023

Awarded by the American Library Association


African Philosophy: Emancipation and Practice

With distinctive insight Pascah Mungwini brings together African philosophy and the emancipative mission, introducing African thought as a practice defined by its own history and priority questions while always in dialogue with the world. He charts the controversies and contestations around the contemporary practice of philosophy as an academic enterprise in Africa, examining some of philosophy’s most serious mistakes, omissions, and failures.

The Myth of Harm: Horror, Censorship and the Child

Focusing on five major controversies beginning in the 1930’s Golden Age of Horror Cinema and ending on a more contemporary note with Cyber-Gothic horror – this book identifies and considers the various myths and false hoods surrounding the genre of horror and question the very motivation behind the proliferation and dissemination of these myths as scapegoats for political and social issues, platforms for “moral entrepreneurs” and tools of hyperbolae for the news industry.

The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship

Victoria Martin's The Complete Guide to Open Scholarship brings clarity to the concept of openness, tests assumptions concerning it, and strikes the right balance between breaking down complex ideas into simpler ones and honoring the reader's intelligence and previous knowledge of the subject. Drawing on specific examples, Martin discusses the most prominent scholarly models based on openness, barriers to openness, concerns about openness in scholarship, and the future of open scholarship.

100 Bible Films

Matthew Page traces the screen history of the biblical stories from the very earliest silent passion plays, via the golden ages of the biblical epic, through to more innovative and controversial later films as well as covering significant TV adaptations. He discusses films made not only by some of our greatest filmmakers, artists such as Martin Scorsese, Jean Luc Godard, Alice Guy, Roberto Rossellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lotte Reiniger, Carl Dreyer and Luis Buñuel, but also those looking to explore their faith or share it with lovers of cinema the world over.

Modern Philippines

The Philippines is a nation that has experience being ruled by two separate colonial powers, home to a people who have had strong attachments to democratic politics, with a culture that is a rich mix of Chinese, Spanish, and American influences. What are important characteristics of contemporary daily life and culture in the Philippines today?

Museums and Wealth: The Politics of Contemporary Art Collections

Museums and Wealth is a critical analysis of contemporary art collections and the value form. Delving into the history of private collections, from the Renaissance to the modern American museum, and the shadow realm of nonprofits, this book looks at the correlation between art and power.

The Trouble With Big Data: How Datafication Displaces Cultural Practices

Focusing on areas such as data and language, data and sensemaking, data and power, data and invisibility, and big data aggregation, this book demonstrates that humanities research, focussing on cultural rather than social, political or economic frames of reference for viewing technology, resists mass datafication for a reason, and that those very reasons can be instructive for the critical observation of big data research and innovation.

Writing the History of the Humanities: Questions, Themes, and Approach

Herman Paul leads a stellar line-up of esteemed and early-career scholars to provide an overview of the themes, questions and methods that are central to current research on the history of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century humanities. This exciting addition to the successful Writing History series draws from a wide range of case-studies from diverse fields, as classical philology, art history, and Biblical studies, to provide a state-of-the-art overview of the field.