The one thing I could not abide in Provo was jello salad. I could do the honor code, the no-coffee thing, the knee-length-skirts and three hours of church. And funeral potatoes I whole-heartedly embraced. But jello salad? That was asking too much.
Which is why I was especially interested in reading this Slate article, “Mormonism’s Jell-O Mold”. The author comments on how
a gelatin-based snack food commonly associated with lowbrow cooking became the shining example of Utah cuisine. Where did this oddly specific stereotype come from, and what does it mean to label a group of people—especially a religious minority—with any one food?
Those of you interested in Mormonism, foodways, stereotypes, or marketing campaigns (or, like me, in all four) should check it out. I thought the author’s analysis was especially thought-provoking and I’d love to hear what you thought.