Food, Memory, Community: Kerala as both ‘Indian Ocean’ Zone and as Agricultural Homeland

  title={Food, Memory, Community: Kerala as both ‘Indian Ocean’ Zone and as Agricultural Homeland},
  author={Caroline Osella and Filippo Osella},
  journal={South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies},
  pages={170 - 198}
The Kerala region in India can be said as an exceptional state especially when one tries to understand the stereotypical assumption of South Indian food. People in the Kerala region are non-vegetarian as they eat rice and fish. Kerala's openness to outside influences such as new foods and new people, is notable and quite different from mainstream South Indian patterns, which tend towards conservatism, closure and valorization of the familiar and the local. Meanwhile, there are certain items… Expand
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