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posted by [personal profile] lian at 03:21pm on 06/11/2016
tbh I'm weary of people flattening the narrative to "only cook food of your own culture!1!" just like it's been happening with anything regarding cultural exchange lately in US-domianted discourse.

By which I mean that I absolutely think that food can be appropriated but it's a matter of the cultural narrative around it, not the food at all. Which, obviously! but I don't see the discourse recognizing that. So I'm sorta unhappy with using the term "cultural appropriation" but otoh I don't have the tools to find a better shorthand.

Like I have no trouble whatsoever with people doing faux-Bratwurst and Sauerkraut versus the supremacist-ish "Europeans! cultivating potatoes!" thing. Or that time I read a white US chef pontificating about How To Properly Eat Pho. Haha.

But cultural cachet or politics of food just interests me.

(A writer I used to respect revealed his racist id when he bemoaned all those Muslims and Foreigners destroying Haute Cuisine what with their reluctance to splurge on Wine. Barbarians not Respecting Our Food and Destroying Our Culture! He said it much more intellecutaly, of course. It was embarrassing. The only time I ever considered sending a letter to the editor.)

On a personal note potatoes are delicious sooo I'm gonna make some mhh

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