All posts filed under: comida y cultura

Decolonizing the Caribbean Diet: Two Perspectives on Possibilities and Challenges

You can read the full article here. This piece was published in a special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development titled Indigineous Food Sovereingty in North America. Vol 9 NO B (2019). I acknowledge Vanessa García Polanco for being a great mentor and inviting me to contribute this piece she conceptualized. Abstract: We wonder if food and agriculture will be an emer­gent theme in reclaiming the Taíno identity, the Indigenous people of the Caribbean. As we con­sider the emergent movement to decolonize our diets and utilize food as medicine alongside veganism and vegetarianism trends, we wonder how and if food, foodways, and agriculture are or will be tools to decolonize and reclaim the Taíno identity. In this paper, we will explore two perspectives on the possible opportunities and challenges of such movements and how they will look in the Caribbean and its diaspora. Picture: El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico was considered a sacred place by the Taíno people. The photo was taken by Luis Alexis Rodríguez Cruz (2017)

From Ocean to Table: Integrating Marine and Coastal Food Systems into Food Studies

This paper was published in a special edited collection, Cite This, of the Graduate Journal of Food Studies. Click here to read the full paper. It is common to hear and read the phrases “farm to table” or “farm to plate” in food systems discussions and scholarship. Less common, is to encounter “ocean to table” or “ocean to plate.” As scholars, we are aware of the issues that farmers and farmworkers face, but it seems that we often fail to acknowledge coastal and marine food systems’ issues. Why? It could be that those systems seem distant to most of us. Even in Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island and U.S. territory, most scholarship focused on food systems ignores the issues that coastal communities face, especially fisherfolks. Today, given the implications of climate change on coastal areas as well as marine deterioration, researchers and stakeholders are starting to give more attention to coastal communities and marine ecosystems. If researchers and stakeholders want to get involved with fisherfolks to develop solutions for the problems that they face, it is imperative to understand the dynamics …

Las recetas/recipes de güela

English version at the end Una pequeña introducción   Hace tiempo, en Navidad, güela me regaló una veintena de sus recetas. Las escribió a mano para que yo las pasara en una libretita de RE- que le regalé. Muchas de nuestras abuelas y abuelos no han publicado recetarios en papel, pero sí tiene manuscritos en sus cabezas. Ese capital cultural y culinario, ese conocimiento tradicional, es invaluable. La comida es herramienta esencial para construir nuestra identidad. Y el compartir recetas, llevarlas a cabo, reconocer su historia, también es parte de ese proceso medular.