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Book: Fabricating Authenticity

Chapter: Is there Lettuce in Greek Salad?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40274


In this chapter, McCutcheon complicates the notion of authentic Greek food. Using personal stories based on encounters with popular food such as Greek salad and dolmas (grape leaves) he shows how claims of authenticity and legitimacy are not innocent descriptions of obvious facts, but instead are examples of how identity is asserted and contested making these mundane moments some of the most interesting opportunities scholars can have to study how people the world over manage and justify how they organize their lives.

Chapter Contributors

  • Russell McCutcheon ( - rmccutch) 'University of Alabama'