Kasha: The Mighty Buckwheat Groat pp 113-123

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Dana E. Modell


Buckwheat kasha is what comes to mind when I think of food in hard times. Kasha is an omnifarious word in Russian food culture, describing a food category that encompasses many dishes that have a porridge like consistency. Eaten at and as any meal, Kasha can be served in a variety of ways. It is hearty, easy to prepare, filling, and nutritious. Inexpensive (both in the U.S. and in Russia when my family lived there) and easy to obtain, it has a long shelf life. In this paper I explore the role of kasha in my family’s foodways. Considering kasha within the framework of survival/survivor food and refugee food practices, I reflect on how those practices inform my experience/relationship to kasha.

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