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Food and Power: A Culinary Ethnography of Israel

Nir Avieli


Drawing on ethnography conducted in Israel since the late 1990s, this book considers how power is produced, reproduced, negotiated, and subverted in the contemporary Israeli culinary sphere. The book explores issues such as the definition of Israeli cuisine (a defining element of which is large portions of “satisfying” dishes made from mediocre ingredients), the ownership of hummus, Israel's Independence Day barbecues, the popularity of Italian food in Israel, the privatization of communal Kibbutz dining rooms, and food at a military prison for Palestinian detainees to show how cooking and ea ... More

Keywords: Israel, Israeli cuisine, Kibbutz dining rooms, power, victimization, Israeli Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520290099
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520290099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nir Avieli, author
Ben Gurion University