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Toward a Historical Dialectic of Culinary Styles
Historical Research
  • Ken Albala, University of the Pacific
Document Type
Article
Department
History
DOI
10.1111/1468-2281.12073
Publication Date
11-1-2014
Disciplines
Abstract
Culinary styles through history follow a recurring and predictable pattern shifting from complexity to simplicity and then back again. Each new aesthetic nonetheless incorporates elements, either ingredients, techniques or modes of service, from its immediate predecessor, such that the process is more dialectical than strictly oppositional. This article provides numerous concrete examples drawn from cookbooks and gastronomic literature which illustrate this complex pattern of evolution, driven largely by the process of social emulation though also influenced by economic trends, trade and the business of selling food.
Citation Information
Ken Albala. "Toward a Historical Dialectic of Culinary Styles" Historical Research Vol. 87 Iss. 238 (2014) p. 581 - 590 ISSN: 0950-3471
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ken-albala/243/