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    The idea of 'Indian food': between the colonial and the global

    Zubaida, Sami (2009) The idea of 'Indian food': between the colonial and the global. Food and History 7 (1), pp. 191-209. ISSN 1780-3187.

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    The Indian sub-continent is ethnically and culturally diverse, and its food cultures are widely divergent. The category of “Indian cuisine” is a modern construction, a culmination of a history of successive imperial movements and syntheses, with contributions by the Portuguese, the Mughals, the Persians and the British. Diverse ingredients and traditions are synthesised and re-shaped to create distinct styles of cookery and service. The British, being a capitalist and globalising empire, was the most potent in shaping and diffusing forms of “Indian food”. Colonial and post-colonial migrations of the twentieth century developed those formations into a restaurant culture, first in Britain, then diffused to other parts of the world, including India itself. Further mutations are in progress at present with the wide diffusions and hybridisation of food cultures and the seemingly opposite pull to “authenticity”.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 09:28
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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