“May It Be Sweet to You All Winter Long”: Home-Preserved Foods and Self-Preservation in Bulgarian Households


Lindsey Foltz (University of Oregon)

This paper describes and analyzes the social practice of home-based food preservation in Bulgaria and the circulation of these foods in the “economy of jars”. It is based on participant observation, interviews, and cellar surveys (2018, 2019, 2021). My research demonstrates that home preserved food is both overtly and covertly political, linked to resilience strategies that challenge state and supra-state entities directly and subvert them discretely. Beyond food security, these foods promote food sovereignty and sit at a nexus of social practices preserving biocultural refugia.

Part of 22-02 Home, Environment, and Material Culture, Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm