In 1970, in the midst of the Cold War, American statesman and diplomat Henry Kissinger famously remarked that “[when you] control food, you control the people.” Even though Kissinger was referring to the management of global food supplies, his statement holds true also in the case of person-to-person interactions.
Sharing a meal can help people transcend boundaries in a way that nothing else can. At the same time, as an important marker of cultural identity, food can also become a driver of conflicts. In this salon, we embark on a culinary journey into the politics of food. Our goal is to get closer to understanding how what we put on our plates functions as a tool of soft power.
With presentations by (in alphabetical order):
– Jon Gray, cofounder of Ghetto Gastro;
– Peter J. Kim, executive director of the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD);
– Johanna Mendelson Forman, Professor at American University’s School of International Service, where she teaches Conflict Cuisine: An Introduction to War and Peace Around the Dinner Table;
– Bill Yosses, former White House Executive Pastry Chef;
– LinYee Yuan, founder and editor of MOLD magazine, which examines issues relating to food from a futuristic design perspective.
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