Bulgarian yoghurt: manufacturing authenticity

The picture represents the early twentieth century home-made practice of Bulgarian yoghurt production.


The article questions how Bulgarian yoghurt has come to signify an “authentic” foodstuff. By studying how the authenticity of Bulgarian yoghurt was created over time and in different places, the author reveals that food is not just nutrition but also a cultural and political construction. A chronological approach traces the key actors and events leading to the authentication of a food product, which has come to symbolise a country;