Re: symbolic foods

Adrienne Dearmas (DearmasA@AOL.COM)
Mon, 19 Feb 1996 12:43:27 -0500

In a message dated 96-02-16 18:29:41 EST, jessmatt@SLIP.NET (Jessica Maloney)

>Of course we don't have a ton of food symbolism
>active in our American culture, and I have not that great a wealth of

Actually, I disagree, we just don't recognize our own symbolism and the
symbolism of "others" is much easier to see b/c it is different. In my house,
baked alaskas and apricot cake are traditional birthday cakes which my mother
prepared for us because they were "different, sweet, difficult at times, and
beautiful - just like her three daughters." And what about the American
concept of "comfort food"? The food that you will turn to if given the
chance, when feeling sad, sick, or insecure. Now, regional food (Southern, in
my experience) is chock full of meaning - black eyed peas on New Years,
turkey and ham for celebrations. I guess the question is, what do the foods
really mean?

- Adrienne