Their vivid re-telling of past culinary experiences bears little resemblance to the—now more than ever—sanitized version of the food court. It becomes a collective exercise of remembering and creating new memories as your eyes settle on the words masgouf, asado, Injera, or ajiaco. Both food and speech are experienced in the mouth.
What makes these essays relevant is their simultaneous Canadian-ness, and universality. By Canadian-ness I am not referring to an immutable, sterile notion of national identity. Many Canadians speak and write in a second, and sometimes third language, as do some of the contributors.
Compiling this anthology also satiates our hunger to open up the field of Canadian Literature. Also, an important detail: This book has been financed through a Diversity in the Arts Grant from the Edmonton Arts Council. Without these funds, the present anthology would just have been a pipe dream. This grant also enabled establishing Laberinto Press.