Latino Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 334–354 | Cite as

Tracing immigrant identity through the plate and the palate

  • Teresa M Mares
Original Article


This article brings together scholarship on foodways and identity with discourses of sustainable and local food to illuminate the food practices of Latino/a immigrants living in Seattle, WA. Drawing upon 4 years of ethnographic research, this article argues that migration and placemaking impact the maintenance of culturally meaningful foodways and that reclaiming and reshaping one's foodways plays a central role in both longing for home and building new lives in the United States. Through describing how Latino/a foodways often parallel, yet remain marginal to, the values and priorities of the movements for sustainable and local food, I make the case for more inclusive food movement advocacy.


immigration foodways and identity local and sustainable food 



I would like to express my thanks to the editors of this journal and the three anonymous reviewers for their tremendously helpful feedback on earlier drafts of this article. This article draws upon research generously funded by a dissertation fellowship from the American Association of University Women and the Stroum Endowed Minority Fellowship from the University of Washington.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Teresa M Mares
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  1. 1.University of VermontBurlington

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