As an immigrant and a professor of food history, Gitanjali Shahani knows more than most people about the food on their plate.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, she’ll talk about what our food choices say about us in the online discussion “Recipes and Race: A Conversation on Food and History,” organized by the Washington State University Center for Arts and Humanities, which is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences. In an email interview with Inland 360, she explained why personal taste preferences have little to do with it.

These literary and artistic descriptions of foods teach us about the idealized and invented versions of American domesticity and plenitude that we aspire to, even though it has been far removed from the reality for many Americans across centuries.

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