Awaiting Their Feast

Latinx Food Workers and Activism from World War II to COVID-19

By Lori A. Flores

Awaiting Their Feast

Approx. 256 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 halftones, 2 maps, 1 graphs, 3 tables, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-7986-0
    Published: January 2025
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-7985-3
    Published: January 2025

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Though Latinx foodways are eagerly embraced and consumed by people across the United States, the nation exhibits a much more fraught relationship with Latinx people, including the largely underpaid and immigrant workers who harvest, process, cook, and sell this desirable food. Lori A. Flores traces how our dual appetite for Latinx food and Latinx food labor has evolved from the World War II era to the COVID-19 pandemic, using the US Northeast as an unexpected microcosm of this national history.

Spanning the experiences of food workers with roots in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Central America, Flores's narrative travels from New Jersey to Maine and examines different links in the food chain, from farming to restaurants to seafood processing to the deliverista rights movement. What unites this eclectic material is Flores's contention that as our appetite for Latinx food has grown exponentially, the visibility of Latinx food workers has demonstrably decreased. This precariat is anything but passive, however, and has historically fought—and is still fighting—against low wages and exploitation, medical neglect, criminalization, and deeply ironic food insecurity.

About the Author

Lori A. Flores is associate professor of history at Stony Brook University.
For more information about Lori A. Flores, visit the Author Page.

Reviews

"Exciting and well-conceived, this rich and skillful narrative is sure to become a foundational text in the field. Truly, there is nothing comparable—an innovative exploration at the intersection between food, labor, and Latinx history. Stunning!"—Llana Barber, author of Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945–2000

"Grounded in a wealth of research, filled with extremely compelling stories, and conceived by an author highly qualified to write it. This book is much needed."—Aviva Chomsky, author of Central America's Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration