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Remembering Bad Cooks: Sensuality, Memory, Personhood

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Abstract:

To the extent the food studies literature concerns itself with cooking, the focus is exclusively on good cooking, and that which tastes good. This article focuses on the neglected area of bad cooking, and what sorts of messages a putatively bad-tasting dish is supposed, again putatively, to convey about the person who cooked it. In opening up the disgusting meal for anthropological investigation, this article also exposes an underworld of social relations where antipathy and rejection prevail, in place of community and sentiments of nostalgia.

Keywords: FOOD; MEMORY; PERSONHOOD; SENSUALITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/174589210X12668381452881

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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