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Frontiers of Taste : Food Sovereignty, Sustainability and Indigenous–settler Relations in
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This book provides a critical, multiperspectival, sociohistorical analysis of the role of food in postcolonial Indigenous, British and French Settler relations. Drawing on archival resources from Australian explorers, settlers and nation builders, the book argues that contemporary issues of food security, sovereignty and sustainability are significantly shaped by the colonial impact on human foodways. The author goes on to develop an understanding of how contact between inhabitants and newcomers was shaped and informed by food, and how these engagements established a modus vivendi that reaches through into the present day.Through the assessment of archival records, the book investigates contact between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people where the exchange of food or knowledge about food occurred, using a comparative, socio-historical lens. The book finds that the transfer of food and food knowledge was multifaceted, and the flow of food knowledge occurred in both directions. While these exchanges were neither symmetrical nor balanced, this book seeks to provide analysis and discussion of food as a focal point of activity. The final chapter offers concluding analysis of the potential for the development of a sustainable, nutritious, tasty Australian cuisine that moves beyond the tropes and stereotypical narratives embedded into colonial Indigenous-settler relations about food. For all Australians to take such a perspective would create capacity within the debate about the emergence of a uniquely Australian cuisine to be able to mobilize opportunity for Indigenous Australians to develop food products into the market that are sustainable, economically viable and developed in ways that are culturally appropriate.