‘Why does it give me such a bad dose of the pip? Is it … the insistence that they’re purveying “cucina povera” (a style of cooking born of extreme Italian poverty)? Meat is rarely used in this; and, if it is, it’s of the innards and extremities variety.’
‘Part of [Stalin’s] sunniness mandate was the creation of a Soviet socialist food canon – source of all the meat patties (kotleti), mayonnaise-laden salads, and spicier fare from ethnic republics that would fuel the USSR for its next 50-plus years.’ (Thanks, Nafisa!)
I’m Sarah Emily – that’s me about to eat an enormous breakfast – and welcome to my blog. I’m a South African historian who’s specialised in histories of childhood, food, and medicine.
This is not a food blog, but, rather, a blog about food – and, more specifically, about food, eating, and cooking. The world has enough recipes for red velvet cake floating around the internet. Here, I’m taking a closer look at the complex relationships between eating and identity; between cooking and politics; and between food and power.