By Lily Lee Lee Kong, Vineeta Sinha
This interesting and insightful quantity introduces readers to meals as a window to the social and cultural historical past and geography of Singapore. It demonstrates how the meals we devour, the ways that we gather and get ready it, the corporate we retain as we cook dinner and consume, and our personal tastes and practices are all revealing of a bigger financial, social, cultural and political international, either traditionally and in modern instances. Readers could be captivated by way of chapters that take care of the intersections of nutrition and ethnicity, gender and sophistication, meals hybridity, concepts and creativity, history and alter, globalization and localization, and extra. it is a must-read for an individual drawn to Singapore tradition and society.
Readership: common public and a must-read for someone drawn to Singapore tradition and society.
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Indd 42 9/25/2015 4:10:17 PM b2196 Food, Foodways and Foodscapes often presented post-preparation. Because of this, they are presented as being amenable to be consumed “on the go”. Overall, snacks make an important injunction about timing and time. Snacks lend themselves to discussion about size and amount. They are not “full” but as aptly termed, snack or bite-sized. Similar to the original translation of dim sum (touch of heart), they are a “touch” of food, portrayed to fill a “hole” in the stomach.
This means that in tracing the trajectory of snacks in Singapore, one also needs to take into account the movement and changes in this provisioning and environment as one does in the snacks themselves. Snacking as an activity also offers a succinct commentary on the issue of time. Habits and behaviours that induce snacking (or not) are part of the rhythms of everyday life, existing within, and alongside the other rhythms that ebb and flow through the day. In turn, the act of snacking also creates particular times in and of itself.
One of these relates to the mama shop and its links to a childhood that is culturally and historically specific (see Ariès 1962). indd 49 49 9/25/2015 4:10:21 PM b2196 Food, Foodways and Foodscapes actual time frame, shop make-up and location may differ. The mama shop has become a collective memory (Halbwachs 1992) for many who have spent their childhoods in Singapore, a topic that invites easy conversations about joyful moments. Also, there is a sensory attunement to the palatal liveliness of snacks that appears to accompany these recollections.