Profitable Kitchens, Charitable Kitchens
Everyday Forms of Persistence in a Social Restaurant
What is a social restaurant? By contrasting two ethnographic experiences (an apprenticeship in a gourmet kitchen and fieldwork as an anthropologist and cook in a charity kitchen), this article offers a description of the constraints on the provisioning and preparation of free meals in a charitable kitchen. The literature on subaltern resistances and on the invisibility of domestic work provides the framework for a description of the daily forms of persistence and resistance that make the precarious work of actors in the charitable world possible.