This publication resulted from the workshop “Rescuing Taste from the Nation: Oceans, Borders and Culinary Flows,” which convened at Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul in 2013.
This special issue examines culinary linkages and sensory geographies across national boundaries, and highlights alternative spatial configurations of taste. From the politics of tea to the transnational pathways of turtle soup, papers attend to culinary cultures, systems of preparation, and forms of knowledge that escape or challenge a strictly national circumscription. This issue developed out of the “Rescuing Taste from the Nation” workshop at the 2013 Inter-Asian Connections IV: Istanbul conference, directed by Krishnendu Ray and Cecilia Leong-Salobir, who wrote the introductory essay of this special issue with workshop participant Jaclyn Rohel. A number of the papers presented at the workshop appear in this issue, as well as an Epilogue by InterAsia Steering Committee member Prasenjit Duara.