As consumers of food we often hear the phrase, "this is authentic _________" from our family, friends and community, but what does it mean? Our research indicates that authenticity is a fluid concept which we construct to explain our memory of engaging with a particular cuisine.
Food prepared in the home and restaurant offer a familiar yet distinct experience because of how it is presented. Restaurants try to engage clients in a multi-sensory environment where the sights, sounds, smells, and taste connect memory to the contemporary and is especially true of ethnic cuisine. Home cooking maintains a more intimate engagement with the cuisine that restaurants try to create.
Our project takes a closer look at the South Asian cuisine, primarily Afghanistan, Indian, and Pakistani as a diasporic journey from one "homeland" to another.