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Cecilia Leong-Salobir is the author of Food Culture in Colonial Asia: A Taste of Empire, Routledge, 2011 and is working on her new book, Urban Food Culture in Asia Pacific: Sydney, Shanghai and Singapore in the 20th Century, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. Cecilia gained her doctorate in colonial food history from the University of Western Australia in 2010 and her thesis is titled “A Taste of Empire.  Food, the Colonial Kitchen and the Representation and Role of Servants in India, Malaysia and Singapore, c.1858-1963”. See here for a list of publications.

Cecilia is a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia, and her current project is on the food history of Sydney, Shanghai and Singapore. Cecilia collects cookbooks, loves re-creating meals from her Chinese Hakka background as well as reviewing reviews of restaurant critics and other food issues. She is a founding member of the editorial board for the journal Global Food History.



As a food historian, I am intrigued by the current level of food discourse both here in Australia and worldwide. While my research interests have focused on British colonial food history (India, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia), I am keen to engage a wider dialogue on food as something to be enjoyed and appreciated with all its associated cultural and social meanings. The Digest will not engage in the dark arts of precious and pretentious pontifications about food consumption, something so central to our lives. Someone, I can't remember who, said, "just eat the food and don't give me all that philosophical crap"!  I will draw on my Chinese Hakka background for meals and food practices that have sustained the Chinese "gypsies" for centuries. I will post recollections from my years spent living and eating in Malaysia, New Zealand, Brunei, Germany, England, Tanzania, the Sudan and of course Australia. And, there will be restaurant reviews, but I will go as far as to say that no vicious review shall darken these pages.  More scathing, however, may be the close critiques of food critics themselves!

Illustration & Design by Nena Salobir

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