Serving or Helping Yourself at the Table

Author: Wilk, Richard

Source: Food, Culture and Society: An International Journal of MultidisciplinaryResearch, 1 March 2006, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 7-12(6)


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My mother-in-law says we have a mixed marriage. Anne is a fourth-generation Texan whose grandfather was a roustabout in the oil fields. I am a Jewish Yankee son of a writer and an artist. When the two of us met in a mosquito-infested swamp in Belize, we were both thirty-five—old enough to have developed our own ideas about how to run a household.

Our first years of marriage were full of collisions between her way and my way. Both of us are stubborn and used to being in charge. Anne manages a crew of thirty-five students and archaeologists in a jungle camp every year, so she knows how to give orders. Still, over the years, we have usually blended things together to make "our way" of keeping house. Except when it comes to serving meals.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2006

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