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Hungry for My Past: Kitchen Comfort with Fried Bread and Eggs

Hungry for My Past: Kitchen Comfort with Fried Bread and Eggs

Chapter:
(p.99) Hungry for My Past: Kitchen Comfort with Fried Bread and Eggs
Source:
Comfort Food
Author(s):
Jillian Gould
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496810847.003.0006

A “hole-in-the-middle” is a piece of bread with the center torn out, with an egg fried on the hole. This paper uses auto-ethnography as well as personal interviews to explore various meanings, recipes, and names for the hole in the middle. It is a simple dish that evokes a range of memories and contexts. Family folklore often is expressed through foodways; likewise, special family meals and recipes may provide comfort, connecting relatives and strengthening family fabric. Unlike other foods in this volume, it is not the taste of the hole-in-the-middle, but the act of making it, that connects the author to her past.

Keywords:   Auto-ethnography, Family, Associations, Past, Food preparation

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