Sep 1, 2003
Cubans will wholeheartedly testify to the central importance of food in their life; when asked to speak of their cuisine, they tend to say that food brings a deep sense of being Cuban. In this paper, I will examine the ways in which food practices can shape, represent, and reproduce a particular collective identity (Terio, 2000). This will be achieved by situating the socio-cultural dimension of Cuban cuisine within complex fields of power and identity struggles that have profoundly shaped this Caribbean island over the last five hundred years. Ethnographic sourcesfor this work come from data gathered during the many visits to Cuba I have taken over the last seven years.