Food: Questions of Unity, Authenticity, and Appropriation

On Appropriation:

Cultural Appropriation: The Act of Stealing and Corrupting
An article written by McMaster University student Udoka Okafor for the Huffington Post. While short, the article explains more general notions of cultural appropriation,

Cultural Appropriation: Let’s Talk Food
Opinion piece, originally posted on the blog diggingforroots. References a few recipes, but also makes a good case for the problems surrounding cultural appropriation, especially how it is connected to stereotyping and the monolith-ication of certain cultures.

Craving The Other
An article by MFA student Soleil Ho as a contribution to Bitch Magazine. The piece

Just Eat It: A Comic About Food and Cultural Appropriation
A very good, easy-to-digest visually-aided depiction of the ills of cultural appropriation, written and illustrated by Shing Yin Khor, also as a contribution to Bitch Magazine. It is especially helpful as a “too long, didn’t read” version of the Craving the Other article. It makes sure to not only point out the dangers of obsessing over a culture through demands for “authentic” food, but what this obsession means in the face of and/or misconstrues about the identity of a person who belongs to said culture.




Top 10 tips for healthy Caribbean cooking
n article by a mother and daughter pair, Monica and Lee, giving tipe on how to make authentic and healthy Caribbean meals. The pair hail from Carriacou in Grenada and offer tips such as making your own coconut milk rather than buying more fatty versions, using lean meats, and using fruits for marinades instead of heavy premade marinades that have cream and butter.


Recipe Blogs:

Cook Like A Jamaican
This website is run by a mother and daughter, Fay and Angela, who post monthly videos showcasing how to cook different Jamaican dishes. There is a members only section, featuring recipes that are only accessible by using a password, which is provided when you subscribe for the website’s mailing list. There are also blog posts and a section for tips that include pointers on such thinks as making your own coconut milk and growing a Jamaican garden. The blog is really beautiful and visually interesting to navigate.

A more personal blog that weaves in intimate stories with recipes, showcasing the connection between one’s identity and the food you eat. Some of the stories don’t have recipes attached, but simply talk about food, but no recipe stands alone. There’s a diary section and a sidebar that separates the recipes into various categories, such as appetizers, fusion dishes, and drinks. Doesn’t seem to have been updated in a while, but still a great resource.

This website, run by MiQuel M. Samuels, features recipes categorized by meal (i.e., breakfasts, lunches, dinners, pastries, etc.). Each recipe page features a video of Samuels preparing the dish in question as well as the ingredient list and instructions given in text-form below. While many spaces on the page reiterate that his recipes and methods are authentic, he does seem to concede to possible naysayers in the mission paragraph because of his choice to not use powdered seasonings (these, he says, do not digest as well). Attempting to copy anything from the site using your mouse’s right-click prompts you to buy the cookbook, which is available for $19.49. Because of the site’s crowded (and dated) appearance, however, navigation is a little tedious and confusing.

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