Food and Identity Thursday April 18th, 2013
Food, Memory, and Nostalgia 2
Sutton, David, “Cooking Skills, the Senses and Memory” (F&C) Sutton, David, “Cooking Skills, the Senses
and Memory” (F&C)
Siskind, Janet, “The Invention of Thanksgiving: A Ritual of American Nationality” (USA)
Berzok, Linda Murray, “My Mother’s Recipes: The Diary of a Swedish American Daughter and Mother”
I. Taste Memory/ Cooking Memory
II. Imagined Culture
III. Multiple Truths
Look at how tools are manipulated by people (not merely tools themselves like archaeologists),
affect of technology (fresh pasta vs packaged), look at the future and past.
A loss of memory skills, no instinctive connection between foods
Has somewhat of an upbeat tone, embraces and acknowledges the role of technology in this day
and age but he hopes for a better way to maintain a connection to memory and skill
o Technology may help us broaden our choices, rediscover certain tastes, foods, and
memories. Greater availability, so called terroir tastes.
Sidney Mintz would probably say that our overreliance on technology will be the demise of our
cultural skill and perhaps, culture itself.
Has a nostalgic longing for her mother who recently died.
o Tries to define self and trace Swedish roots.
o 1st generation said to hold on to tradition, 2nd said to push away, 3rd said to rediscover
Discovers lack of Swedish recipes in her mother's old trunk of recipes.
o Gateway into the lives of those before us.
o Many are Jell-O based recipes- elaborate molds that encapsulate fruits, nuts, etc.
Her mother seemed to try to find her own identity
o Push-pull between adopting foreign culture and keeping tradition.
o Tried to assimilate, avoid being the Other- perform national identity, dominant c