Private kitchens might imply that these sites are contained within the walls of a residential building where food is prepared for and consumed by kin. All true. Yet, here private is used to speak of visceral lessons and emotional imprints a person remembers in the process of recalling culinary experiences. Stories within this section are not limited to food encounters rooted only in a person’s home space, as food’s visceral teachings and affective impact extends beyond the privacy of homes. Private kitchens groups people’s stories whose passion for food is not linked to how they make a livelihood.






Meredith E. Abarca, Ph.D
Creator, Editor, Curator of EPFV
Professor of Food Studies and Literature
Department of English
The University of Texas at El Paso

 Humanities Collaborative 

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