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The Indian Delights Cookbook
‘Infidel’ Treatise for ‘Soft’ Spatial Practices
Amina Kaskar
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Indian Delights, a beloved cookbook for many in South Africa’s Indian and Indian descendant community holds a special sentimental and cultural nostalgia. Not only does the cookbook document Indian culture through food practices; it is simultaneously a valuable model for recalling practices of resistance within the tensions of racial and customary constraint for Indian women in South Africa in the twentieth century. This text uses visual ethnography to speculate on Indian Delights as a “disloyal” or “infidel” treatise for soft spatial practices—one that is shaped by collective, domestic, and joyful forms of space-making that disrupt the conventional making of architectural form.

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