The landscape of food appreciation has been changing in recent decades to include the exotic/ethnic food as authentic food. Is this a step in the right direction; a way to promote cultural understanding and appreciation, or is it a way to create difference between cultural class? Authentic food is very hard to define, and even harder to understand is why some people care about it, seek it out, and call themselves foodies. The purpose of this study is to gain critical insight into the motivation behind people’s desire to eat authentic food and the implications that follow. 1

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Hamilton College


Bachelor of Arts

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Matthew Grace

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