This paper introduces a special issue on “Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Oceans, Borders, and Culinary Flows.” It examines culinary linkages and sensory geographies across national boundaries, and highlights alternative spatial configurations of taste. From the politics of tea to the transnational pathways of turtle soup, papers attend to culinary cultures, systems of preparation, and forms of knowledge that escape or challenge a strictly national circumscription.
Introducing a Special Issue on Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Oceans, Borders, and Culinary Flows
Cecilia Leong-Salobir, a food historian, is a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the University of Wollongong, Australia. She is currently writing Urban Food Culture in Asia Pacific: Sydney, Shanghai and Singapore in the 20th Century, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is also editing the Routledge Handbook of Food in Asia. Her other book, Food Culture in Colonial Asia: A Taste of Empire, was published by Routledge in 2011. Her research interests include Asian and Australian food history and cookbooks as historic texts.
Krishnendu Ray is Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. He is the author of The Migrant's Table: Meals and Memories in Bengali-American Households (Temple University Press, 2004). Before coming to NYU he taught at the Culinary Institute of America and was the Acting Dean of Curriculum Development. He co-edited Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food, and South Asia (University of California Press, 2012) with Tulasi Srinivas. His next book-length study, titled The Ethnic Restaurateur, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016. He is currently president of the Association for the Study of Food and Society.
Jaclyn Rohel is a doctoral candidate in Food Studies at New York University. Her research on food and cities examines the globalization of comestibles and public cultures of consumption, critically engaging issues related to migration and diasporic life, transnational media cultures, health politics, and urban governance. She is currently writing her dissertation on global South Asia and the cultural politics of betel quid in urban space.
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Cecilia Leong-Salobir, Krishnendu Ray, Jaclyn Rohel; Introducing a Special Issue on Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Oceans, Borders, and Culinary Flows. Gastronomica 1 February 2016; 16 (1): 9–15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2016.16.1.9
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