Hi Andrew, thanks for this post and the excerpt. Glad to know about the new book by Eric Pallant. I think we all have these kinds of stories of warmth and comfort about baking.

Also, food history is fascinating -- so many things come together. When I was thinking about my PhD topic, food had a prominent place in the dissertation, but I was also trying to bring in other things. It was a mess. Then I met David M. Freidenreich at a conference (his book about _Foreigners and Their Food: Constructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Law_ is fascinating: https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520286276/foreigners-and-their-food) and he suggested just stick with food -- everything else will come with that! I think that was one of the best advice I received.

Thanks again for the post.

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Sharif - You are welcome! And I agree, you can understand a lot simply through the lens of food. And that book looks interesting, thank you for the recommendation!

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