‘Mormon Land’: Funeral potatoes, green Jell-O, the Word of Wisdom — they’re all on the menu in this podcast about food and faith

A Walmart ad for Augason Farms dehydrated funeral potatoes showed up on social media recently, confusing many people who don't live in Utah.

It’s Thanksgiving week, and Americans’ thoughts — and stomachs — turn inevitably to food.

What better time, then, to explore whether Latter-day Saints have any special connection to food or, at least, certain foods? After all, we’ve all heard about funeral potatoes and green Jell-O. But the faith also has a health code that counsels members on what they should and should not eat or drink. What role does it play?

Here to discuss this topic is Christy Spackman, who holds a doctorate in food studies and teaches at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society.

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