The coupled theme of food and race found one of its most pungent representations in the movie Axone in 2020. The story chronicles a day in the life of young adult migrants from northeastern India who struggle to cook a fermented soyabean delicacy. As the plot progresses, the interchangeability of the dish with the community is repeatedly highlighted. Neither can be easily incorporated into the body politic of the capital city of Delhi, a fact demonstrated by representing episodes of harassment and violence against the community. Axone reveals how difference and otherness is constituted sensorially, through taste and smell, as much as through the gaze.

In shifting the focus of inquiry from the sight to the gut or the belly, Tasting Difference: Food, Race, and Cultural Encounters in Early Modern Literature also narrates a compelling story. The book gives an account of how early modern literature such as Shakespeare’s...

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