9781474294256

Cooking Technology Transformations in Culinary Practice in Mexico and Latin America

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    9781474294256

  • ISBN10:

    1474294251

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-06-29
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

New scientific discoveries, technologies and techniques often find their way into the space and equipment of domestic and professional kitchens. Using approaches based on anthropology, archaeology and history, Cooking Technology reveals the impact these and the associated broader socio-cultural, political and economic changes have on everyday culinary practices, explaining why people transform – or, indeed, refuse to change – their kitchens and food habits.

Focusing on Mexico and Latin America, the authors look at poor, rural households as well as the kitchens of the well-to-do and professional chefs. Topics range from state subsidies for traditional ingredients, to the promotion of fusion foods, and the meaning of kitchens and cooking in different localities, as a result of people taking their cooking technologies and ingredients with them to recreate their kitchens abroad. What emerges is an image of Latin American kitchens as places where 'traditional' and 'modern' culinary values are constantly being renegotiated.

The thirteen chapters feature case studies of areas in Mexico, the American-Mexican border, Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. With contributions from an international range of leading experts, Cooking Technology fills an important gap in the literature and provides an excellent introduction to the topic for students and researchers working in food studies, anthropology, history, and Latin American studies.

Author Biography

Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz is Professor of Anthropology at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Meanings of Cooking and the Kitchen: Negotiating Techniques and Technologies
Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico

Part I: Refiguring the Past, Rethinking the Present

1. Grinding and Cooking: An Approach to Mayan Culinary Technology
Lilia Fernández-Souza, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico

2. Technology and Culinary Affectivity Among the Ch'orti' Maya of Eastern Guatemala
Julián López-García, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Spain and Lorenzo Mariano-Juárez, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain

3. From Bitter Root to Flat Bread: Technology, Food and Culinary Transformations of Cassava in the Venezuelan Amazon
Hortensia Caballero-Arias, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research, Venezuela

4. Technologies and Techniques in Rural Oaxaca's Zapotec Kitchens
Claudia Rocío Magaña-González, University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Part II: Transnational and Translocal Meanings

5. The Americanization of Mexican Food and Change in Cooking Techniques,Technologies and Knowledge
Margarita Calleja, University of Guadalajara, Mexico

6. Home Kitchens: Techniques, Technologies and the Transformation of Culinary Affectivity in Yucatán
Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mexico

7. If You Don't Use Chiles from Oaxaca, Is It Still Mole Negro? Shifts in Traditional Practices, Techniques and Ingredients among Oaxacan Migrants' Cuisine
Ramona L. Pérez, San Diego State University, USA

8. Changing Cooking Styles and Challenging Cooks in Brazilian Kitchens
Jane Fajans, Cornell University, USA

9. Global Dimensions of Domestic Practices: Kitchen Technologies in Cuba
Anna Cristina Pertierra, University of Western Sydney, Australia

Part III: Recreating Traditions and Newness

10. Recipes for Crossing Boundaries: Peruvian Fusion
Raúl Matta, University of Göttingen, Germany

11. Ways of Colombian Cuisine: Interpretation of Traditional Culinary Knowledge in Three Cultural Settings
Juliana Duque-Mahecha, Cornell University, USA

12. Cooking Techniques as Markers of Identity and Authenticity in Costa Rica's Afro-Caribbean Foodways
Mona Nikolic, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Afterword
Carole Counihan, Millersville University, USA

Index

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