HIST 840 Discussion Materials (Spring 2017 – Week 14)

Week 14: Myth and Memory; Food and Global History


Reay Tannahill, Food in History, pp. 347-371 (Chap. 22: “Confused New World;” Epilogue)

Cara De Silva, ed., In Memory’s Kitchen: A Legacy from the Women of Terezín, trans. Bianca Steiner Brown, with forward by Michael Berenbaum (Northvale, New Jersey, and London: Jason Aronson, 1996), pp. ix-xvi, xix-xliii.

Jan Thompson, “Prisoners of the Rising Sun: Food Memories of American POWs in the Far East During World War II,” in Food and Memory: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery 2000, ed. Harlan Walker (London: Prospect Books, 2001), pp. 273-86: https://sites.uwm.edu/carlin/prisoners-of-the-rising-sun/

Alan Davidson, A Kipper with My Tea: Selected Food Essays (London: Macmillan, 1988), “Funeral Cookbooks,” pp. 27-8.

Sami Zubaida, “National, Communal, and Global Dimensions in Middle Eastern Food Cultures,” in Sami Zubaida and Richard Tapper, eds., Culinary Cultures of the Middle East (London and New York: I.B. Tauris,1994), pp. 33-41.

Raymond Grew, “Food and Global History,” in Food in Global History, ed. Raymond Grew (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1999), pp. 1-14, 22-29.


Alan Davidson’s own funeral cookbook (2003): https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/9608937-alan-davidson-funeral-cookbook-2004

WWII POW cookbook made by William H. Jefferson (1:31 min.): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZbQyfkTad4

Mina Pächter and her grandson David, before World War II:

Recipes from Mina Pächter’s recipe book from Theresienstadt concentration camp:
“Kartoffel-Heringspeise”: https://www.lbi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Kartoffel.jpg
“Gesundheitskuchen”: http://harvestofjoyfarm.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/dscn1160.jpg

Images of prisoners in Theresienstadt:

Photo of emaciated prisoners in Theresienstadt, c. 1943

Drawing by prisoner


Clips from “Mina’s Recipe Book: Terezin 1944” (documentary about Mina Pachter’s recipe collection):
http://vimeo.com/51742504 (Part 1, 1:11 min.)
http://vimeo.com/51742505 (Part 2, 1:23 min.)
http://vimeo.com/44388190 (another excerpt, 1:37 min.)

Documentary about the concentration camp at Terezin/Theresiensadt (1:12 hours; discussions of food at 16:53-18:33, and 22:23-25:50)