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Munchies - Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK

August 11, 2017


Extract of Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK by Riaz Phillips on Vice Munchies


The Proud Legacy of Afro-Caribbean Food in Britain


From Birmingham’s first West Indian cafes to Carnival jerk chicken and curry goat served in Caribbean takeaways across the country, Britain’s Afro-Caribbean communities have a long and proud food heritage.
Though black communities have existed in the British Isles for centuries, after the First and Second World Wars when people started to settle in higher numbers, a new, distinctly Black British generation emerged. This was accelerated by the introduction of the British Nationality Act in 1948, which granted British citizenship to those residing in previously Commonwealth nations—including Caribbean island-nations.
At around the same time, the United States, which until the 1950s had been the natural outlet for Caribbean migration, instituted the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act, limiting the amount of people who were allowed to move to the US from each Caribbean territory. This flow of people was reverted from the US to the UK, laying the foundation for the strong British Afro-Caribbean communities we have today.
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Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK by Riaz Phillips published by Tezeta Press out now at

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