Cookbooks and Food Memoirs in Diaspora

This category features cookbooks and food memoirs authored by individuals with firsthand migration and cultural encounter experiences, divided by region. It includes books that provide food preparation information and reveal fascinating stories from migrant communities. These narratives illustrate how food can trigger memories of home, build community bonds, facilitate cultural exchange, and shape identities amidst cultural diversity.


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Like other areas, Champaign-Urbana is home to numerous stories and culinary traditions throughtout history. This image, from Ann Flesor Beck's Sweet Greeks: First-generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland, shows the exterior of the Champaign Candy Company. This confectionery and fruit store was opened by Greek immigrants in the early 1900s.