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Every Nation Has Its DishBlack Bodies and Black Food in Twentieth-Century America$
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Jennifer Jensen Wallach

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469645216

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469645216.001.0001

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Every Nation Has Its Dish

Jennifer Jensen Wallach

University of North Carolina Press

An April 22, 1971 soul food dinner hosted by the Bay Area Urban League is emblematic of the emergence of soul food as the preeminent symbol of black culinary identity after the 1960s. However, over the previous century, ideas about proper black food habits varied. Generations of reformers used food habits as a way to explore their relationship to the US nation state as well as to a stateless, black cultural nation. Their culinary debates reveal diversity, complexity, and disagreement over what to eat but agreement that food decisions are also political ones.

Keywords:   Soul food, National Urban League, Food habits, Nationalism

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