Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The insidious politics of food journalism: where is Palestine?

"One of the most insidious ways that the name, idea, and knowledge of Palestine has been disappeared is through food journalism. It's a Cold War technique, using cultural journalism to advance political programs. One prime example of this was the Time-Life "Middle Eastern Cooking" from the "cooking of the world series", this volume published in 1969. The word Palestine has been disappeared, though there is a chapter on Israel--an entirely separate chapter, "New Food for a New Land"-- though the theme of the book is the seamless continuity of the region, shown through its food. "Nine Nations, one cuisine."" (Thanks Laila)

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