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Author Raviv, Yael, author.

Title Falafel nation [Axis 360 electronic resource]: cuisine and the making of national identity in Israel / Yael Raviv.

Publication Info. Lincoln, NB ; London : University of Nebraska Press, [2015]
©2015
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Description 1 online resource.
Series Studies of Jews in society
Note Revised version of the author's thesis (doctoral)--New York University, 2002.
Summary "When people discuss food in Israel, their debates ask politically charged questions: Who has the right to falafel? Whose hummus is better? But Yael Raviv's Falafel Nation moves beyond the simply territorial to divulge the role food plays in the Jewish nation. She ponders the power struggles, moral dilemmas, and religious and ideological affiliations of the different ethnic groups that make up the "Jewish State" and how they relate to the gastronomy of the region. How do we interpret the recent upsurge in the Israeli culinary scene--the transition from ideological asceticism to the current deluge of fine restaurants, gourmet stores, and related publications and media?Focusing on the period between the 1905 immigration wave and the Six-Day War in 1967, Raviv explores foodways from the field, factory, market, and kitchen to the table. She incorporates the role of women, ethnic groups, and different generations into the story of Zionism and offers new assertions from a secular-foodie perspective on the relationship between Jewish religion and Jewish nationalism. A study of the changes in food practices and in attitudes toward food and cooking, Falafel Nation explains how the change in the relationship between Israelis and their food mirrors the search for a definition of modern Jewish nationalism. "-- Provided by publisher.
"Examines the role of food in the construction of the Jewish nation, using food from field to table as a lens through which to understand Israeli history, society, and politics"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Cooking, Israeli -- History.
Cooking -- Social aspects -- Israel.
National characteristics, Israeli.
Genre Electronic books.
Added Author Baker & Taylor Axis 360
Other Form: Print version: Raviv, Yael, author. Falafel nation 9780803290174 (DLC) 2015021563 (OCoLC)907651165
ISBN 9780803290211
0803290217
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