Rice Talks Rice Talks

Rice Talks Rice Talks : Food and Community in a Vietnamese Town Food and Community in a Vietnamese Town

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Rice Talks explores the importance of cooking and eating in the everyday social life of Hoi An, a properous market town in central Vietnam known for its exceptionally elaborate and sophisticated local cuisine. In a vivid and highly personal account, Nir Avieli takes the reader from the private setting of the extended family meal into the public realm of the festive, extraordinary, and unique. He shows how foodways relate to class relations, gender roles, religious practices, cosmology, ethnicity, and even local and national politics. This evocative study departs from conventional anthropological research on food by stressing the rich meanings, generative capacities, and potential subversion embedded in foodways and eating.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 344 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253005302
  • 9780253005304

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"[A]n important contribution to the field of anthropology, but also thefield of Southeast Asian studies. General readers with an interest in Vietnamese, Southeast Asian, and Asian cuisines and/or the influences of colonialism on localfoodways would find the work useful.... And almost any non-academic writer planningto do food-related research anywhere in the world could take something away from themanuscript's final chapter, which discusses the practicalities of this type ofresearch." -- Robyn Eckhardt, author of EatingAsia--Robyn Eckhardt, author of EatingAsiashow more

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