Smell, look, taste, remember….
The “Cook Along” series is an initiative organised by the by the Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination research project, which explores the legacies of the 1947 Partition of British India for South Asian communities in the UK and their memories and post-memories of migration. Food is a potent way of evoking personal memories: the smell, taste, and look of a dish has the power to bring us back to specific moments in time. Most of our social lives also revolve around food, so much so that food memories are said to “season the narratives of our lives” (Abarca and Colby 2016). These cook along videos will see contributors cooking a specific Bengali or British Bengali dish and explaining how to make it so that the audience can cook the recipe along with them at home. At the same time the contributor will discuss the memories that they associate with the recipe, and will explore the role of food in evoking memories. The videos will be introduced by a short panel discussion on the relationship between food and memory, with specific references to the workshops that the MMPI team have been leading in Loughborough and in London.
About the project
Migrant Memory and the Postcolonial Imagination is a research project conducted at Loughborough University and Loughborough University London, which explores the legacies of the 1947 Partition of British India for South Asian communities in the UK and their memories and post-memories of migration.