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Foodways are culinary folklore. They are expressions of community life and values that give a sense of identity and purpose to those who practice them. Foodways happen when Chippewa tribe members hand-harvest wild rice, when Catholic parishes sponsor church suppers and when families in the fishing trade smoke lake trout. Such food traditions belong to cultural groups, which may be familial, ethnic, religious, occupational or regional

 
 

You’ve heard the phrase, “We are what we eat.” People interested in foodways know that we also are how we eat, who we eat with, where and when we eat. Whether part of the long-ago past or a living tradition, foodways are imbued with powerful meaning for those who pause to understand and appreciate them.

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