A Remembrance of Dishes Past

Fabricating Authenticity - Jason W.M. Ellsworth

Rachel Diane Brown [+-]
University of Victoria
Rachel D. Brown is the Program Coordinator and Religious Studies Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She has a PhD in Religion and Culture from Wilfrid Laurier University and specializes in food, migration, lived religion, and contemporary Islam. Rachel has published multiple journal articles and book chapters on food and migration, Muslim integration in France, the experience of minority religious communities in the Pacific Northwest, and researcher positionality and knowledge production, and is currently working on a monograph titled Consuming Identity: Food, Drink and Muslim Experience in Paris and Montreal.


Furthering Ellsworth’s analysis, Brown considers how David Chang in his show Ugly Delicious not only struggles with how authenticity is deployed, but at times, effectively navigates such discourses better than some academics. Brown argues that both ethnographers and cooks are constrained by the memories of a place, time, dish—memories which are often imperfect and usually impacted by various positionalities that the ethnographer/cook brings to the process.

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Brown, Rachel. A Remembrance of Dishes Past. Fabricating Authenticity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2024. ISBN 9781800501454. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40273. Date accessed: 21 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40273. Aug 2024

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