Iconic dishes, culture and identity: the Christmas pudding and its hundred years’ journey in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and India

Chevalier, Natacha (2018) Iconic dishes, culture and identity: the Christmas pudding and its hundred years’ journey in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and India. Food, Culture and Society. ISSN 1552-8014

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Abstract

Asserting that recipes are textual evidences reflecting the society that produced them, this article explores the evolution of the recipes of the iconic Christmas pudding in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and India between the mid-nineteenth and the mid-twentieth centuries. Combining a micro-analysis of the recipes and the cookbook that provided them with contemporary testimonies, the article observes the dynamics revealed by the preparation and consumption of the pudding in these different societies. The findings demonstrate the relevance of national iconic dishes to the study of notions of home, migration and colonization, as well as the development of a new society and identity. They reveal how the preservation, transformation and even rejection of a traditional dish can be representative of the complex and sometimes conflicting relationships between colonists, migrants or new citizens and the places they live in.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: colonial food, colonial societies, national identity, national dishes, Christmas pudding, British Empire, cookbooks, recipes
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
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Depositing User: Natacha Chevalier
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2018 08:15
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2018 16:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75039

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