National Dish

Around the World in Search of Food, History and the Meaning of Home

by Anya von Bremzen


Published 7th September 2023



An entertaining and stylish exploration of food and national identity, from an award-winning food writer

‘Enchanting, fascinating, thought provoking and humorous’ Claudia Roden

In National Dish, acclaimed food writer Anya von Bremzen sets out to investigate the eternal cliché that “we are what we eat”. Travelling from Paris to Tokyo, from Seville, Oaxaca and Naples to Istanbul, she investigates the rapid decline of France’s pot-au-feu, the misconstrued beginnings of pizza, the meeting of indigenous and European lineages in mole, and the complex legacy of multi-culturalism in a meze potluck.

“Never have we been more cosmopolitan about what we eat – and yet more essentialist, locavore, and particularist.” With a witty mix of anecdote and research, Anya von Bremzen reassess the fascinating role that food can play in our cultural heritage, and uncovers how as a nation’s political and social identity are called into question, so too is its palate.

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Weight 0.3 kg

Pushkin ONE