Cover; Table of Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART 1. ORIENTATIONS; 1. Memory, Ambivalence, and Food; 2. Food as Food; PART 2. WORLDS OF FOOD; 3. The Alimentary Structures of Samburu Life; 4. A Samburu Gastronomy; 5. The Calabash behind the Calabash behind the Calabash; PART 3. HISTORIES OF EATING; 6. Mixed Like a Pot of Gray Food; 7. In a Cup of Tea; 8. Turbid Brews; 9. Eating Shilings; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
This richly drawn ethnography of Samburu cattle herders in northern Kenya examines the effects of an epochal shift in their basic diet-from a regimen of milk, meat, and blood to one of purchased agricultural products. In his innovative analysis, Jon Holtzman uses food as a way to contextualize and measure the profound changes occurring in Samburu social and material life. He shows that if Samburu reaction to the new foods is primarily negative-they are referred to disparagingly as "gray food" and "government food"--It is also deeply ambivalent. For example, the Samburu attribute a host of socia.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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