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Author Tarulevicz, Nicole, author.

Title Eating her curries and kway : a cultural history of food in Singapore / Nicole Tarulevicz.

Publication Info. Chicago, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, [2013]

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Description 1 online resource (xi, 204 pages)
Summary "While eating is a universal experience, for Singaporeans it carries strong everyday and national connotations. The popular Singaporean-English phrase "Die die must try" is not so much hyperbole as it is a reflection of the lengths that Singaporeans will go to find great dishes. In Eating the Nation, Tarulevicz argues that in a society that has undergone substational change in a relatively short amount of time, food serves Singaporeans as a poignant connection to the ever-changing past. Eating, the how and the what, has provided a unifying experience for a diverse society; a metaphor for multiracialism and recognizable national symbols for a fledgling state. Using food as a category of analysis, and analyzing a variety of sources that range from cookbooks to architectural and city plans, Tarulevicz gives the reader a thematic history of this unusual country, which was colonized by the British and run as a port within Malaya, but which is without a substantial pre-colonial history. In doing so, Tarulevicz moves away from the predominately political and economic focus of other historians of Singapore, and provides an important alternative reading of Singaporean society"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-197) and index.
Contents Audacious fusion : thinking about Singaporean cuisine -- A brief history of Singapore -- Making the past the present : food in a multiracial port city -- Public spaces, public bodies -- The kitchen : invariably offstage -- Jam tarts, spotted dicks, and curry -- The pizza of love -- Picked in their fresh young prime -- Food sluts and the marketing of Singaporean cuisine -- More than just food.
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Subject Food habits -- Singapore.
Food preferences -- Singapore.
Singapore -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Tarulevicz, Nicole. Eating her curries and kway 9780252038099 (DLC) 2013031280 (OCoLC)843858203
ISBN 9780252095368 (electronic bk.)
0252095367 (electronic bk.)
1306980755 (electronic bk.)
9781306980753 (electronic bk.)