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Secrets from the Greek Kitchen$
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David E. Sutton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280540

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280540.001.0001

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Nina and Irini

Nina and Irini

Passing the Torch?

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(p.76) Chapter 3 Nina and Irini
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Secrets from the Greek Kitchen
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David E. Sutton

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520280540.003.0004

Here I trace processes of kitchen continuity and change, control and freedom, by focusing on one Kalymnian story: that of Nina and her mother, Irini. Irini retained control of their shared kitchen until the end of her life, undermining her daughter’s attempts to gain confidence in her own kitchen practices. This chapter traces Nina’s cooking during the last years of her mother’s life and after her death. It explores her growing confidence as her cooking practice emerges from under the shadow of her mother’s enduring presence in the kitchen. Issues of identity and memory are explored in the context of Nina’s hybrid Kalymnian-American identity and her use of kitchen objects as vehicles for family memories.

Keywords:   life history, continuity and change, death, transnational identity

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