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Scribes of GastronomyRepresentations of Food and Drink in Imperial Chinese Literature$
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Isaac Yue and Siufu Tang

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139972

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139972.001.0001

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The Obsessive Gourmet

The Obsessive Gourmet

Zhang Dai on Food and Drink1

(p.87) 6 The Obsessive Gourmet
Scribes of Gastronomy

Duncan Campbell

Hong Kong University Press

Having made the decision to live on after the cataclysmic fall of his dynasty, the late-Ming essayist and historian Zhang Dai (1597-1684) devoted the second half of his life, by his own account in circumstances of great poverty that contrasted starkly with the luxury of his youth, to the attempt to capture in text the glories of a bygone age. Taking as its focus a translation of the “Preface” to one of his compilations entitled Laotao ji, a work itself sadly no longer extant, this chapter will discuss aspects of Zhang Dai's engagement in the late-Ming discourses on fine living.

Keywords:   Zhang Dai, Laotao ji, Gourmet, Food, Literature, Culture, China

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