Comfort Foods: An Exploratory Journey Into The Social and Emotional Significance of Food

  title={Comfort Foods: An Exploratory Journey Into The Social and Emotional Significance of Food},
  author={Julie L. Locher and William C. Yoels and Donna Maurer and Jillian van Ells},
  journal={Food and Foodways},
  pages={273 - 297}
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