chapter  3
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FOOD AND CULTURAL IDENTITY

The biological imperative of eating remains constant, but the struggles of power and resistance associated with food and eating assume a different flavor within the complex configurations and social interactions of restaurant dining. Director Stanley Tucci’s 1996 neo-realist film Big Night presents food in a star­ ring role as a political actor exerting tremendous power over individuals themselves and in social, economic, and cultural interactions.