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The Making of Mămăligă

Transimperial Recipes for a Romanian National Dish

Mămăligă, maize porridge or polenta, is a universally consumed dish in Romania and a prominent national symbol. But its unusual history has rarely been told. Alex Drace-Francis surveys the arrival and spread of maize cultivation in Romanian lands from Ottoman times to the eve of the First World War, and also the image of mămăligă in art and popular culture. Drawing on a rich array of sources and with many new findings, Drace-Francis shows how the making of mămăligă has been shaped by global economic forces and overlapping imperial systems of war and trade. 

The story of maize and mămăligă provides an accessible way to revisit many key questions of Romanian and broader regional history. More generally, the book links the history of production, consumption, and representation. Analyses of recipes, literary and popular depictions, and key vocabulary complete the work.

About the Authors

Alex Drace-Francis is Associate Professor of Modern European Cultural History at the University of Amsterdam.

Endorsements

Alex Drace-Francis's book is more than just a history of maize and mămăligă in the Romanian lands. Starting from the question of images, the author finds it not just in merchant caravans and peasant cauldrons, but also in the minds of people, in representations central to the national history. Maize and mămăligă are ideal entry points into Romanian cultural issues, but also into ones of social change and revolution. A remarkable, important book.—Constantin Bărbulescu

Erudite, convincing and thought-provoking, this book places the Romanian relationship with corn at the centre of the historical agenda as well as the table.—Cathie Carmichael

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