Every Recipe Has a Story
After Years of Ethnographic Research, Eric Johnson has Brought the World a Cookbook like No Other. Back for Thirdsies is the third book in the Culinary Folktale series Tales from the Cook, and features twenty-five stories and recipes.
His thesis on Culinary Folklore: A Study of Fiction as an Influence in Traditional Foodways Practices.
In Foodways, foods eaten have histories associated with the pasts of those who eat them; the techniques employed to find, process, prepare, serve and consume. Those practices are taught through story often from parent to child or by peers and other media sources.
People who love to cook have stories of their own special ways of preparation, methods they state makes a dish special. These stories come from the home cook to the professional chef. There are also many narrative elements in folktales, fairytales, myths, urban and local legends relating to the preparation and consumption of food.
Food is essential to survival and to one’s well-being. However, as several anthropological studies have shown, food is much more than just nutrition, ingredients and the factual eating; it is about social relations, ethics, individual choices and self-expression, and much much more.
Back for Thirdsies will be in print and available on Amazon 28/5/2018.