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Book Review: Eating Her Curries and Kway: A Cultural History of Food in Singapore, by Penny Van Esterik

Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015), 93–97

Eating Her Curries and Kway: A Cultural History of Food in Singapore. Nicole Tarulevicz. Urbana, Chicago and Springfield: University of Illinois Press, 2013. Review by Penny Van Esterik.

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Nicole Tarulevicz opens her book about food in Singapore with a key question: How does food become its own form of rule-making? She ends the book with the observation that rules are central to life in Singapore. Between these two points, she brings to bear a wide range of evidence concerning food in this unique city state where the relation between food and nation is especially strong. Singapore is a society in which rules and regulations matter, a truly prescriptive society that monitors cultural heritage, the family and the body.

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