Food and Power in Israel—Orientalization and Ambivalence
This concluding chapter points to two culinary trends in contemporary Israel that emerge at the intersection of food and power. First, it argues that the Israeli culinary sphere has been very much “orientalized.” The process of mizruah (orientalization) involves fierce conflicts in the political, socioeconomic, and cultural arenas, Mizrahi food is embraced by members of all the ethnic groups in Israel. In this sense, Israeli kitchens and food events celebrate mizrahiyut. Second, the chapter points out that power in the Israeli culinary sphere entails, and is treated with, ambivalence. The meanings which Israelis attribute to their food and foodways expose their take on power: they indulge in their power and celebrate their might but simultaneously perceive of themselves as the ultimate and eternal victims and as completely powerless.
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