National Dish

Anya von Bremzen

National Dish
Pushkin Press
United Kingdom
3 October 2023

National Dish

Anya von Bremzen

In National Dish, acclaimed food writer Anya von Bremzen sets out to investigate the eternal cliche that 'we are what we eat'.

Travelling from Paris to Tokyo, from Seville, Oaxaca and Naples to Istanbul, she investigates the rapid decline of France's pot-au-feu, the misconstrued beginnings of pizza, the meeting of indigenous and European lineages in mole, and the complex legacy of multi-culturalism in a meze potluck.

'Never have we been more cosmopolitan about what we eat - and yet more essentialist, locavore, and particularist.' With a witty mix of anecdote and research, Anya von Bremzen reassess the fascinating role that food can play in our cultural heritage, and uncovers how as a nation's political and social identity are called into question, so too is its palate.

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