Mormon Food Practices

Mormon food practices encompass the religious beliefs, heritage, and culture of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The commands from the prophet Joseph Smith—to be self-reliant, to abstain from imbibing harmful substances, and to store food in case of disaster—all inform LDS attitudes toward food both in religious and everyday life. This entry offers a brief overview of LDS religious history and then segues into how scripture and heritage play into what and how LDS members eat. It concludes with a summary of trends in Mormon cooking today and how they relate to food practices in the United States at large.

Brief Overview of Mormon Religious History

The founder and prophet of Mormonism was Joseph Smith Jr. (1805–1844), and the Book of ...

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