Are they a bougie snack for the wealthy elite, or can anyone enjoy the delights of cured meats and fancy cheeses?
The subject has been hotly debated this week after a Twitter user cheesybeaver posted a photo of her charcuterie lunch. Another user quoted the tweet with the caption: “What rich people eat I guess.”
In defence, she then wrote a Twitter thread about her working class upbringing, and claimed that her lunch was a meal for two for $20. She also argued that the idea that charcuterie boards are only accessible for the rich enforces the belief that “only wealthy people deserve nice things.”
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The thread sparked a fierce debate over classism in food. Instead of labelling everyone who eats charcuterie boards as class traitors, many argue that curing meats is a practice that historically belonged to the working class to prolong the shelf life. The associations between charcuterie boards and wealth have only emerged after rich people re-appropriated it for themselves. It's hardly the first time that certain dishes have been reclaimed by the rich. Everything from baking your own bread to pickles are seen in a new light as "bougie foods" when they were first consumed by the working class.
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— trans shipmate on Pequod (stealth) (@trans shipmate on Pequod (stealth))
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— your friend, Dracula (@your friend, Dracula)
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