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Scribes of Gastronomy: Representations of Food and Drink in Imperial Chinese Literature

Isaac Yue and Siufu Tang

Abstract

The culture of food and drink occupies a central role in the development of Chinese civilization, and the language of gastronomy has been a vital theme in a range of literary productions. From stanzas on food and wine in the Classics of Poetry to the articulation of refined dining in The Dream of the Red Chamber and Su Shi's literary recipe for attaining culinary perfection, lavish textual representations help explain the unique appeal of food and its overwhelming cultural significance within Chinese society. These eight essays offer a colorful tour of Chinese gourmands whose work exemplifies ... More

Keywords: Imperial China, food literature, gastronomy, Culture, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139972
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139972.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isaac Yue, editor

Siufu Tang, editor