Food Is Culture, 1st Edition

  • Massimo Montanari
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  • ISBN-10: 0231510780
  • ISBN-13: 9780231510783
  • DDC: 641.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 168 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released July 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Explores the premise that everything having to do with food - its capture, cultivation, preparation, and consumption - represents a cultural act. Provides insights into many patterns of culinary behavior and tradition.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Editor's Preface.
Food Is Culture.
1: Creating One's Own Food.
2: Nature and Culture.
3: Even Nature Is Culture.
4: Playing with Time (and Climate).
5: Playing with Space.
6: Conflicts.
7: The Invention of Cuisine.
8: Fire > Cooking > Kitchen > Cuisine > Civilization.
9: Written Cuisine and Oral Cooking.
10: Anticuisine.
11: Roasted and Boiled.
12: Pleasure and Health.
13: The Pleasure and the Duty of Choice.
14: Taste Is a Cultural Product.
15: Digression: Playing at "Historical Cuisine".
16: Taste Is a Product of Society.
17: From the Geography of Taste to the Taste of Geography.
18: The Paradox of Globalization.
19: Food, Language, Identity.
20: Eating Together.
21: The Grammar of Food.
22: Substitutions and Annexations.
23: Tell Me How Much You Eat and I'll Tell You Who You Are.
24: The How, the Why, and the Wherewithal.
25: Food and the Calendar: A Lost Dimension?.
26: Identity, Exchange, Traditions, and "Origins".
27: Roots: A Metaphor to Use All the Way.