A feast of words on the cannibal and the edible
How would you summarize this book in one sentence?
This book focuses on the surprising role eating and cooking play in slavery and post-slavery Caribbean contexts – not only to preserve but also to rebuild humanity and culture, cultures that were affected by slavery and colonialism.
What sparked your interest in this topic?
What I first noticed when I was reading Caribbean folktales was this obsession with food, the omnipresence of food – cooking, eating – that really sparked my attention. I've been trying to answer this question: Why is there such an obsession with food? And there's an easy answer: rampant hunger on slave plantations. But I wanted to go further than that – and show that food and expressions of food were about much more than an expression of hunger.