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Introduction

Feast Spice brings together a collection of texts that draw on personal histories. Invited to develop responses to the theme of Spice, contributors Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Heart & Parcel, Jasleen Kaur, Saqib Keval, Norma Listman, Abeer Najjar and Raju Rage, have drawn upon their individual experiences of cooking and eating to produce texts that delicately tease out the wider cultural and political histories hidden within the spices on their plates. 

In her essay Eat The Rich Zarina Muhammad comments,

The sociability of food is tied up beyond the (inter)personal - moments of sharing and feeding as intimacy - it’s glued to the politics of social production and labour, workers rights, immigration, logistics and emissions … Food exists beyond the happy stories we tell ourselves about its personal importance, it exists in a global distribution system.

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The global distribution system of food to which we are tied with little and various degrees of agency, often comes to us as an inheritance of a history of oppression, exploitation and changing diasporas - from the colonial history of Imperial Britain to its ongoing contemporary afterlives. 

Harnessing personal narratives to reveal certain aspects of these complexities, contributors interrogate the pathways of spices, recipes and cooking techniques, raising questions over processes of adaptation, adoption, resistance and conservation, as well as the enduring importance of community – whether inherited, found or constructed. 

Produced as a printed publication, a digital version is available to read as a pdf here. We have also uploaded a selection of images that extend the content beyond the printed page, giving additional insights into the spices, recipes, cooking processes and rituals that are discussed in print. 

Laura Mansfield

End Notes

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Zarinha Muhammad ‘Eat The Rich’ The White Pube 12th January 2020.