Food, Identity, and Resistance
Goodmorning everyone! Terrible loss yesterday, but I still believe!
I want to start of this post by asking everyone if they have ever felt the need to eat differently due to the geographic region that you live in? (i.e. eating gumbo in New Orleans, barbecue in Memphis, lobster in Maine etc.)
The ‘Delta’ area of the United States is described as the geographically flat, cotton field rich area bounded by the Mississippi river below the Mason-Dixon. Basically we are talking about the heart of the South. The Delta Diaspora refers to the influx of Jewish Americans in this particular region and their pressure to fit in with the society in the Delta.
The Jewish cuisine far differs from the cuisine of the South. However, due to the regional influence of the Delta on the Jewish inhabitants, their may be a bit of a give and take between the two. Food is a major part of most any culture, and same holds true for people in the South, and Jewish people. The Jewish people in the Delta have conformed to the culinary standards of the Delta and made it their own. Aside from the extreme orthodox Jews who follow strict dietary mandates, the Jewish in the Delta now indulge in classic, Southern comfort food while enjoying traditional Jewish cuisine as well.
How many of you have ever volunteered at a soup kitchen? What was your experience like?
Shroeder raises a unique comparison to the soup kitchens present in America and how they differ from the soup kitchens in Latin American country. They both strive to aid those in the disadvantaged economic class. However, the American soup kitchen is typically hidden, almost as to hide away the homeless from society, whereas in Latin America, soup kitchens, or community kitchens, have prominent place in the community and usually are a source of civic pride. So what causes this difference? Politics and Community involvement. Latin American community kitchens are used as a platform to sway votes for politicians, and the women in these kitchens are prominent in their community and act a major influence on others.
Community kitchens act as an aid to get people, and women especially, on their feet and the necessary skills to enter the world. However, not all women are accepted with open arms in Latin American country. As the old saying goes, only the strong survive, but why is that? Why are the women who are more prominent in their societies more welcome in the community kitchens than ones who are one the outskirts? To me this is a bit of a paradox after reading what these community kitchens stood for in the first place.
Taylors piece highlights one of our favorite topics, food and identity! She brings forth ideas about food consumption and how we regulate it due to various ethical and self-constituted reason. Everyone eats for different reasons. Some eat to be skinny, some eat to enjoy various cuisines, some eat for religious reasons etc. Do you feel like you eat a certain way, or does it vary from time to time?
There is an idea of sex and food in this article, and the changes that have occurred over time. According to Probyn, “bodies that eat connect us more explicitly with limits of class, gender, and ethnicity than do the copulating so prominently displayed in popular culture.” (76) Is food consumption more of an identity clause than our sexual orientation?
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