Rose Wellman on the popularity of Jell-O in Tehran, and its challenge to Islamic piety and Iranian citizenship
This episode of Meant to be Eaten was produced in collaboration with Gastronomica Journal.
Bob Valgenti, from Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies, is in for Coral Lee.
A conversation with Rose Wellman.
Jello is a beloved dessert and also an unexpected source of religious debate. Anthropologist Rose Wellman shares the fruits of her field work in Iran as part of our series of deeper dives into recent articles in Gastronomica. Dr. Wellman’s research explores the many ways that jello and the question of its status as halal highlight a number of religious, political and generational tensions in modern day Iran.
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