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6 Food and Identity in Community Festivals

Nir Avieli Indiana University Press ePub

6    Food and Identity in Community Festivals

Community festivals in Hoi An are celebrated by social groups larger than the household (nha) or the extended family (gia dinh), but the actual number of the participants does not exceed several hundred. Participants in community festivals know each other personally, at least to a certain extent.

I have opted to present four feasts that represent the wide range of communities in town: the meal served at the Tran clan ancestor worship ceremony, the Protestant church’s Christmas picnic, the Cao Dai annual communal feast, and the banquet prepared for the Phuoc Kien Chinese community festival. Just as in life-cycle events, community festivals consist of two parts: a formal, ritual stage and a feast. Here too, much of the preparation, effort, cost, and time are invested in the festive meal.

While the eating arrangements at community festivals are remarkably similar to those defined by the family-oriented “festive culinary scenario,” the dishes and menus are diverse, with each communal meal featuring a specific set of dishes that distinguishes it from the others and imbues it with particular meanings. The menus and dishes mainly concern the collective identity of each community, or, rather, the complex, multileveled and often contradictory identity of each group, as well as their positioning within Hoi An, the nation, and beyond.

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Stories and Recipes from the Blackland Prairies

Frances B. Vick (Editor) University of North Texas Press PDF

Stories and

Recipes from the Blackland


This area of about 12 million acres, while called a “prairie,” has much timber along the streams, including a variety of oaks, pecan, elm, bois d’arc, and mesquite. In its native state, it was largely a grassy plain—the first native grassland in the westward extension of the Southern Forest region.

Most of this fertile area has been cultivated, and only small acreages of grassland remain in original vegetation. In heavily grazed pastures, the tall bunchgrass has been replaced by buffalograss,

Texas grama, and other less productive grasses. Mesquite, lotebush, and other woody plants have invaded the grasslands.

The original grass vegetation includes big and little bluestem, indiangrass, switchgrass, sideoats grama, hairy grama, tall dropseed,

Texas wintergrass, and buffalograss. Non-grass vegetation is largely legumes and composites.

*Stephan L. Hatch, Texas Almanac, 2014–2015, Elizabeth Cruce Alvarez, editor (Austin: Texas State Historical Association), 115. Used with permission of Texas State Historical Association.

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All Outdoors

Mary Faulk Koock University of North Texas Press ePub


The Bill Kuykendall ranch is indeed one of the prettiest spots in Hays County. Alice and Bill Kuykendall live in the long rambling ranch house which rises naturally out of the green land!

Bill also rises high and naturally out of the land—he would perish I’m sure if he ever tried to live away from it and the Great Out of Doors. His innate knowledge of nature is extensive and diversified. I would say that he is an authority on birds and bees, certainly, but also grass, wildflowers, cattle, horses, polo, hunting—as the rare trophies in his game room prove—fishing, wild game, gardening and camping, and quite expert in outdoor cooking. He is one outdoorsman who could live well with only a rifle, lasso or fishing rod. Some of the food Bill cooks outdoors may seem a little dramatic to some of us—like the calf’s head he cooks underground; or barbecuing mountain oysters; or frying fish down by Onion Creek—but to Bill it’s an everyday-occurrence sort of thing and he does it with a minimum amount of effort and much to the delight of his company, whether they be ranch hands or CITY SLICKERS!

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The Campaign Trail

Mary Faulk Koock University of North Texas Press ePub


Politics in Texas has always been colorful and interesting. I can well remember before precinct meetings became fashionable Mama, and Daddy, the Sheltons and the Canions were about the only ones to show up at Crawford Feed Store where the meetings were held. Bales of hay served as seats. What was lacking in numbers was made up for in noise; there was always a great deal of arguing and shouting. But even so, these were somewhat an improvement over the politicking that had gone on before. I remember Daddy telling about a certain judge who was remarkably gifted as a stump speaker and well known for his quick humor. He once was opposed by a doctor who tried to make political gain with the charge that the judge had killed two men in duels. The judge replied, “On two occasions under dire circumstances I have been forced to kill a man.” Then turning to his accuser, “But my dear Doctor, tell us, how many men have you killed in the practice of medicine?”

Texas has had some pretty barnstorming campaigns including that of W. Lee O’Daniels, a popular traveling flour salesman, who advertised his product on the radio with the accompaniment of a hillbilly band. He received so much fan mail he decided to run for governor and won the election. “Pappy Pass the Biscuits” became a popular slogan throughout the state.

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Fish and Seafood

Kim Stanford and Bill Backhaus University of North Texas Press ePub


Fish and seafood have been a big part of our gluten-free diet for years, and we have created some great recipes. For example, our Potato-Crusted Tilapia with Lime Crème Adobo Sauce is just heavenly. Using potatoes instead of bread crumbs actually tastes much better. The Pecan-Crusted Salmon is so easy to make, yet so incredible. And once you try our Shrimp with Sherry, Garlic, and Bread Crumbs—yes, bread crumbs—you will never want deep-fried shrimp again.

We recommend that you buy only the freshest fish and seafood you can find. Always try to find wild rather than farm-raised. It makes all the difference in the world. If fish smells fishy, don’t buy it. Fish is supposed to smell briny, like the ocean. When in doubt, buy frozen, which is quite good these days thanks to flash-freezing techniques on fishing boats. Besides using the freshest fish you can find, the other secret is not to overcook it. Overcooking will make any fish dry.

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