Kristine George – Food cultures in Representation

Chaudhuri, Supriya. The Writer’s Feast: Food and the Cultures of Representation. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2011, vii-xv. Print

Food is and has always been an important part of culture. This book is a collection of various essays by prominent writers centred around the common theme of food and how it shapes value systems in various cultures.

The introduction by the author Supriya Chaudhuri emphasises the importance of food, not only in a cultural setting, but also in literature. Globalisation made it possible for different cuisines to intermingle and foodies all over the globe to explore new avenues of taste. In an interesting paradox, food – which is one of the barest necessity of life – is one of the components of culture to undergo the most changes.

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