Network members who participated in our most recent conference, New Directions in Drinking Studies, may remember that the conference’s very first panel on “Alcohol and Authenticity” featured presentations on Welsh craft cider and Mexican pulque by Emma-Jayne Abbots and myself respectively. We have been working all year on a larger project, that includes study of foods as well, called Consuming Authenticities: Time, Place and the Past in the Construction of ‘Authentic’ Foods and Drinks.
Our work is culminating in a few weeks time with the very exciting launch of our recipe-style book Authentic Recipes from Around the World, to which network members are warmly invited! It’s happening on 23 October, 4-7pm, in Senate House, London (more details in the invitation below).
The book explores the idea of authenticity in relation to 4 different foods and drinks – pulque (an alcoholic drink from Mexico), acaraje (a street food from Brazil), Welsh craft cider and flaounes (celebration Easter pies from Cyprus, that Great British Bake Off fans might recognise from the episode two weeks ago!). The book has been co-written by an interdisciplinary team of academics and numerous non-academic professionals and producers, several of whom will be speaking at the Launch event in the “storytelling” session. I hope the launch will be of interest to network members – it’s free to attend, there will be a provided dinner and a selection of yummy self-creations, and copies of the book will be distributed too! Please just let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan on coming, so we can keep track of numbers. Hope to see some of you there!!