FINDING HOME IN EUROPE_7: ‘COOKING MULTIPLE HOMES BY REVISITING ERITREAN FOOD IN LONDON’

The seventh life story in Finding home in Europe, a HOMInG book edited by L.E. Pérez Murcia and S. Bonfanti (Berghahn, 2022), is about “Cooking Multiple Homes by Revisiting Eritrean Food in London: The story of Makda”, by Aurora Massa. The author shows how people not only negotiate and influence the meaning of their life, their home and their selves through food, but also transform and invest those meanings with new connotations. Drawing on the life story of Makda, a woman from Eritrea who manages a street-food restaurant in London, the chapter sheds light on the processual entanglement of food, a sense of home and subjectivity in a biographical trajectory marked by intersecting positionalities and multiple relocations in different countries. Furthermore, Massa discusses how foodways and their routes can become the pivot through which people may challenge postcolonial power relationships in multicultural settings.

See the editors’ conceptual Introduction to the book here.

On the importance of food production and consumption for migrants to make home from away in space and time, see also Miranda-Nieto & Boccagni (2020), At home in the restaurant: Familiarity, belonging and material culture in Ecuadorian restaurants in Madrid, Sociology, 54(5), 1022–1040.On food and the senses as a part of migrant contentious homemaking, see also Bonfanti, Massa, Miranda-Nieto (2019), Whiffs of home: Ethnographic comparison in a collaborative research study across European cities, Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, 2: 153-74.On the life stories of Eritrean migrants to Europe, see also Belloni & Massa, 

Accumulated Homelessness: Analysing Protracted Displacement along Eritreans’ Life Histories, Journal of Refugee Studies, 35(2): 929–947 

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