My mother, from the north of Mexico, created Mexican dishes, integrated Mayan cuisine into her cooking, and had a special passion for French cuisine. But it was the cooking and traditions of my Mayan nana that really influenced the foods of my childhood.
It was always exciting to create a great cake for Christmas and another for Valentine’s Day, but it wasn’t the way Hermé wanted to work. He wanted to develop comprehensive collections, which, like fashion, would follow the seasons, and six years ago, when he opened his first shop on his own, in Japan, he was able to put his idea into practice.
When faced with the image of a sumo wrestler,most food-minded people are likely to ask, “What do they eat to look like that?” I asked this question as a high-school exchange student in Japan a decade ago and have been exploring it ever since.
- Consumer Citizenship: A Preview of the Gastronomica/SOAS Distinguished Lecture
In advance of the next event on March 16, Amita Baviskar gives readers a taste of her upcoming lecture, “Consumer Citizenship: The Social Life of Industrial Foods in India.”