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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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Horizontal Transmission

Horizontal Transmission

Cooking Shows, Friends, and Other Sources of Knowledge

(p.127) Chapter 5 Horizontal Transmission
Secrets from the Greek Kitchen

David E. Sutton

University of California Press

How do Kalymnians and other Greeks engage with cooking shows, and what effects do these shows have on everyday cooking practices? How do cooking shows become the site for explorations of other tensions in contemporary Greek life? These questions are tackled through the analysis of two shows that became part of everyday discourse in Greece in the mid-2000s, which offered contrasting visions of the significance of cooking for Greek identity and memory practices. I then turn to an ethnographic portrait of how several people incorporate these shows into their daily cooking routines and suggest their implications for models of transmission of cooking knowledge. This is set against the background of other “horizontal” transmission practices on Kalymnos, including the influence of friends, neighbors, and return migrants.

Keywords:   cooking shows, cultural transmission, local identity, nostalgia, commodification

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