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Sephardic Food and Identity in Medieval Spain

Sephardic Food and Identity in Medieval Spain

Paper given by Michelle Hamilton

Delivered at the University of Minnesota on 7 February 2018

What was Jewish cuisine like in medieval Spain and what did Christians think it was like? This talk explores what foods were recommended by Sephardic authors as part of a healthy and spiritually rewarding lifestyle, as well as how Sephardic cuisine had a prominent place in the literary and cultural imagination of medieval Christian Spaniards, for whom Jewish food and foodways came to be associated with a host of misperceptions about Jews and Jewish life and belief.

Michelle M. Hamilton is the Director of Medieval Studies and Professor of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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