The Cultural Politics of Taste with Krishnendu Ray

Many food writers highlight the link between taste and territory (environmental factors) called “terroir.” An argument has ensued mostly about roots and rootedness and slowing down change. This covers about half the human experience. The other half is about movement and dispersal. Billions of people are moving from country 
to city, from city to city, from nation to nation. Krishnendu Ray brings mobility to the center of the discussion on taste, focusing on South Asian immigrant foodways in the United States.

Krishnendu Ray is chair of nutrition and food studies at NYU, and former associate dean at Culinary Institute of America. He is the author of The Migrant’s Table (2004) and The Ethnic Restaurateur (2016), and co-editor of Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (2012). Ray’s most recent work is on street vending in global cities. 

Presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center in collaboration the Food Studies Program in the Department of Anthropology.


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Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time: 9:25-11 a.m. 

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library

Free and open to the public


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Tuesday, October 22, 2019





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