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Nourishing the Nation: Food as National Identity in Catalonia

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Volume 44

New Directions in Anthropology

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Nourishing the Nation

Food as National Identity in Catalonia

Venetia Johannes

278 pages, 21 Illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-437-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (November 2019)

eISBN 978-1-78920-438-4 eBook

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“This is an excellent piece of work on Catalan gastronationalism as lived reality. It is written well and very readable – not a dry academic monograph but a vivid depiction of how people live ‘food’ in today’s Catalonia.” • Atsuko Ichijo, Kingston University


In the early twenty-first century, nationalism has seen a surprising resurgence across the Western world. In the Catalan Autonomous Community in northeastern Spain, this resurgence has been most apparent in widespread support for Catalonia’s pro-independence movement, and the popular assertion of Catalan symbols, culture and identity in everyday life. Nourishing the Nation provides an ethnographic account of the everyday experience of national identity in Catalonia, using an essential, everyday object of consumption: food. As a crucial element of Catalan cultural life, a focus on food provides unique insight into the lived realities of Catalan nationalism, and how Catalans experience and express their national identity today.

Venetia Johannes is a post-doctoral research affiliate at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford. She was co-editor of The Emergence of National Food: The Dynamics of Food and Nationalism (Bloomsbury, 2019), and has published chapters and articles on Catalonia, food, nationalism, and heritage.

Subject: Food & Nutrition General Anthropology
Area: Southern Europe


List of Illustrations
Note on Language and Translation
Maps of Spain and Catalonia

Introduction: Nourishing Catalan Nationalism

Chapter 1. Catalan Cookbooks: Creating Catalonia through Culinary Literature
Chapter 2. The Foundational Sauces and National Dishes
Chapter 3. Catalan Cuisine in Context
Chapter 4. The Gastronomic Calendar: Seasonality, Festivity and Territory
Chapter 5. Catalan National Days and their Foods

Conclusion: Cuisine as National Identity


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