"Of Course, in Guatemala, Bananas are Better" : Exotic and Familiar Eating Experiences of Mormon Missionaries
Long, Lucy M.
University Press of Kentucky
"The sensory aspects of food, suggested by perceptions of palatability and edibility, draw on the physical properties of food items and the ethereal aspects of taste to deeply embed transformations of the exotic and familiar in the lives of missionaries and all they come to love and those who love them. The extended, but finite, time in the mission creates a permeably bounded experience of losing and finding oneself in otherness; results of such experience are intentionally profound, unforgettable, and infinite. Food items and events experienced during the length of the mission both symbolize and serve as a catalyst for these transformations as the exotic and unfamiliar culture becomes familiar and memorable." [From the author's conclusion]