Journal article

Women Food Writers in Authoritarian Regimes: Upholding and Subverting Power in Cuba’s batistato and Paraguay’s stronato

Carlos Uxo Gonzalez, Lara Anderson

Food, Culture, and Society | Routledge | Published : 2024


This article examines the role of female food writers in codifying cuisine in authoritarian regimes in Cuba (batistato, 1952-1958) and Paraguay (stronato, 1954-1989), providing examples of the way in which food discourse can both support and resist authoritarian power. As an everyday practice, the preparation and consumption of food offered the State the opportunity to promote, through the discursive codification of cuisine, official views of the nation as racially homogeneous (Paraguay) or as site of modernity, modelled on the United States (Cuba). The texts of four female cuisine writers (Josefina Velilla de Aquino, Graciela Martínez, Nitza Villapol and Adriana Loredo) are analyzed, to elu..

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