Food and Communication

Food and Communication

ISBN-10 1-909248-49-5
ISBN-13 978-1-909248-49-6
Published July 2016
400 pages; 174×246 mm; paperback; b&w illustrations
Price £30

Oxford Symposium

Food and Communication

Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2015

The Oxford Symposium on Food on Cookery continues to be the premier English conference on this topic, gathering academics, professional writers and amateurs from Britain, the USA, Australia and many other countries to discuss contributions on a single agreed topic. Symposiasts considered food as an area of control and resistance in totalitarian societies; struggles between activists, corporations and bureaucracies over food labels; the use of food and cookery to explore the past and the exotic; the sounds of eating and selling food; and, as Brillat-Savarin predicted, the role of food in constructing and communicating aspects of individual and collective identity. This year marked the first Symposium under the leadership of Bee Wilson, the new Chair, and Ursula Heinzelmann, the new Director. We also celebrated many years of leadership from Elisabeth Luard and the inimitable Paul Levy. Also deserving a mention is the editing of these papers by Mark McWilliams.

Readership: Academic and cookery enthusiasts.



Fava Beans and Béchamel: Translating Egyptian Food as Modern Cuisine
Anny Gaul 11

Secrets of the Great Chefs: Decrypting Untrustworthy Communications from the Kitchens of Carême, Escoffier and Guérard Ray Sokolov 20

Symposium Papers The Evolution of Cookbooks in the Digital Age
Ken Albala and Christine Larson 29

‘Anything is possible!’: MasterChef, World-Wide Illusion Robert Appelbaum 35

Tatattoouille on the Menu: Tats in the Kitchen, a Side of Ink, and Food as Communication Paula Arvela 44

Totalitarian Tastes: The Political Semantics of Food in Twentieth-Century Germany Volker Bach 54

Communicating Frenchness: Escoffier and the Export of Terroir Janet Beizer 64

Nobody Said to Cook: The Chinese Food of Emily Hahn and Time-Life Books Lucey Bowen 73

Tablecloth and River: Dramatizing Historical Land Claims in Tomson Highway’s Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout Shelley Boyd 83

Communicating Jewish Identity Through Taste: Jewish Flavour Principles as Culinary ‘Midrash’
Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus 93

Defining ‘Cuisine’: Communication, Culinary Grammar, and the Typology of Cuisine
Anthony F. Buccini 105

‘That Was Good’: Eating, Drinking and the Etiquette of Slurping in Japan
Voltaire Cang 122

Lessons from Generations Past: Timely and Timeless Communication Strategies of Some Canadian Cooks of Note Nathalie Cooke 131

Common Senses: Sound and Touch in London Food Shopping Anastasia Edwards 143

Children’s Culinary Culture: Why It Matters Elizabeth Fakazis 149

When Menus Talk: The Bernard Fread Menu Collection Rebecca Federman 159

By Any Other Name Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson 164

The Past on a Plate: Images of Ancient Feasts on Italian Renaissance Maiolica Allison Fisher 171

Dinner Isn’t Served!: The Use of Historic Cookery as a Method of Interacting with Visitors to Hampton Court Palace Richard Fitch 183

Framework for a New Culinary-Arts Curriculum Peter Hertzmann 193

Deep-frying the nation: Communicating about Scottish Food and Nutrition Christine Knight 206

Messages of Subversion: Communicating Czech Nationalism through Culinary History
Michael Krondl 216

Dragon on a Platter: The Art of Naming Chinese Dishes Kian Lam Kho 227

Communicating Superfoods: A Case Study of Maca Packaging Jessica Loyer 236

A French Culinary Figure in the Anglosphere: Translating Édouard de Pomiane for English Books and Television Katherine Magruder 247

The Language of Food Gifts in an Eighteenth Century Dining Club India Aurora Mandelkern 258

Hot, Sour, Salty...Write: Saveur Magazine, Thai Food Culture, and the Communicative Potential of Food & Travel Journalism Robert McKeown 265

Food Fight: Survival and Ideology in Cookbooks from the Spanish Civil War Maria Paz Moreno 276

On Food and Fascism: Plating up Oral Histories Karima Moyer-Nocchi 286

The Author, the Reader, the Text: Literary Communication of a 1611 Spanish Cookbook
Carolyn A. Nadeau 296

The Squander Bug: Propaganda and its Influence on Food Consumption in Wartime Australia
Diana Noyce 305

I Am What I Don’t Eat: Food and Eating as a Form of Communicating Distinction in the Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period Harriet Publicover 319

Looking Good: Picturing Food in Early Books and Prints Marcia Reed 328

Whitebait or Blanchailles? Cuisine and Chaos in Britain, 1865-1914 Laura Shapiro 339

The Rhetoric of Salmon: The War of Words, Images and Metaphors in the Battle of Wild-caught vs. Farmed Salmon Richard Warren Shepro 347

The Comté Aroma Wheel: History of an Invention, Ethnography of a Practice. A Look at the Early Years Christy Shields-Argelès 363

‘What if I smell your peanuts and die?’ Communicating Fact and Fiction about Peanut Allergy
Matthew Smith 373

Communicating Gourmet Values in Japanese Popular Media Nancy Stalker 382

Crossing the Kosher Food Barrier: Outside Influences on Talmudic Food Susan Weingarten 390

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