What is "ethnic"? Reappraising ethnic food and multiculturalism among the white British
Authors: Beer, S.
This chapter explores some of the issues related to the nature of the terms "ethnic" and "ethnic food" within a multicultural Great Britain. The analysis focuses on definitions of ethnicity and whether white British ethnic groups exist with distinctive language, art, culture and gastronomy. Evidence in support of this distinction comes from an examination of popular interest in white British food and a regional case study of West Country cooking. The term "ethnic" is a complex one, but, the author concludes, must be used inclusively or possibly be eliminated altogether.