It's Alimentary.



Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

Editorial board member, Global Food History

Member, Association for the Study of Food & Society

Member, Australian Historical Association

Member, Asian Studies Association of Australia

Member, Asian Studies Research Network

Member, Malaysia and Singapore Society

Member, Regional Food Cultures and Networks

Member, Centre for Western Australian 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!

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