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Religion in the Kitchen – "Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions" - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Religion in the Kitchen: "Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions"

Elizabeth Pérez


This book argues that cooking and talking are at the very quick of Black Atlantic religions. It shows that tasks like butchering, although manual, are far from menial, and “idle chatter” does a surprising amount of heavy lifting in Afro-Diasporic houses of worship. Its thesis is that such activities get under the skin of practitioners, equipping them with the repertoire of skills, dispositions, and habits necessary for religious norms to be internalized, then reproduced. The book maintains that to understand Black Atlantic religions, one must grasp not only their ethics and aesthetics but also ... More

Keywords: cooking, butchering, micropractices, narrative, ritual experience, affect, synaesthetics, race, gender and sexuality, subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479861613
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479861613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Pérez, author
Darthmouth College

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