In one of his most well-known quotes, Michel Foucault claims, “Where there is power, there is resistance” (1978: 95–96). On the contrary, Lila Abu-Lughod states, “Where there is resistance, there is power” (1990: 42), thus understanding resistance is helpful to recognize power.

When the ships first arrived at the coast of Calicut, history was forming a new shape for cuisine and for other aspects of society in two different parts of the world. The Bridge of Spice is a socio-political dialogue about the gastronomy of Southeast Asia and its relationship with colonialism. It attempts to negotiate power in a postcolonial context through food and wishes to develop an argument that investigates efforts of neocolonialism in postcolonial culture through gastronomy. Images from Lutz Henke.