The Danger of Taste: Food, Taste and Memory among Indian and Pakistani Migrants in Scotland

By Tania Porqueddu.

Published by Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Published online: September 16, 2015 $US5.00

Drawing on data collected during a sixteen-month ethnographic investigation, this article explores why Indian and Pakistani migrants in Scotland with type 2 diabetes show great resistance when it comes to changing food habits. They value authenticity and freshness of ingredients, and employ specific cooking techniques in order to reproduce what they defined as “the right taste.” It is on the issue of taste, above all, that they are more reluctant to compromise. By preserving and re-creating familiar tastes, Indians and Pakistanis reproduce physical, cognitive, and emotional experiences that they consider essential in order to preserve their identity.

Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes, Indians, Pakistanis, Migration, Food, Taste, Memory, Identity

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.85-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 16, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 392.430KB)).

Dr. Tania Porqueddu

Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; Research Consultant, Valid International, London, UK