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Secrets from the Greek Kitchen : Cooking, Skill, and Everyday Life on an Aegean Island - David E. Sutton

Secrets from the Greek Kitchen

Cooking, Skill, and Everyday Life on an Aegean Island

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Published: 19th September 2014
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Secrets from the Greek Kitchen explores how cooking skills, practices, and knowledge on the island of Kalymnos are reinforced or transformed by contemporary events. Based on more than twenty years of research and the author’s videos of everyday cooking techniques, this rich ethnography treats the kitchen as an environment in which people pursue tasks, display expertise, and confront culturally defined risks.

Kalymnian islanders, both women and men, use food as a way of evoking personal and collective memory, creating an elaborate discourse on ingredients, tastes, and recipes. Author David E. Sutton focuses on micropractices in the kitchen, such as the cutting of onions, the use of a can opener, and the rolling of phyllo dough, along with cultural changes, such as the rise of televised cooking shows, to reveal new perspectives on the anthropology of everyday living.

"Sutton's book, impeccably researched and lucidly presented, complicates and challenges this widespread view while also providing the tools and guideposts needed to re-think what it means to cook and the myriad reasons why it matters-in Kalymnos and elsewhere." -- Marcia Carabello Graduate Journal of Food Studies

List of Illustrations List of Video Examples Acknowledgments Introduction: Why Does Greek Food Taste So Good? 1. Emplacing Cooking 2. Tools and Their Users 3. Nina and Irini: Passing the Torch? 4. Mothers, Daughters, and Others: Learning, Transmission, Negotiation 5. Horizontal Transmission: Cooking Shows, Friends, and Other Sources of Knowledge 6. Through the Kitchen Window Conclusion: So, What Is Cooking? Epilogue: Cooking (and Eating) in Times of Financial Crisis Notes References Index

ISBN: 9780520280540
ISBN-10: 0520280547
Series: California Studies in Food and Culture
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th October 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.45