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Eating Out in Europe

Eating Out in Europe: Picnics, Gourmet Dining and Snacks since the Late Eighteenth Century

by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs, Director, Vlaams Centrum Volkscultuur, Brussels Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Peter Scholliers

Peter Scholliers is Professor of Contemporary History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He edited Food, Drink and Identity: Cooking, Eating and Drinking in Europe since the Middle Ages (2001), and published Food Culture in Belgium. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Berg, 2003
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781350044838
  • ISBN:
    978-1-3500-4483-8 (online)

    978-1-8597-3653-1 (hardback)

    978-1-8597-3658-6 (paperback)

    978-1-8452-0893-6 (epdf)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    Oxford
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
Eating Out in Europe
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Europeans are eating out in unprecedented numbers - in cafs, pubs, brasseries and restaurants. Globalization brought about changes in patterns of leisure and consumption, as well as a democratization of restaurant culture. But what if we open up this concept of ‘eating out’ to include any eating that takes place outside the home? What cultural shifts can we see through time? What differences can we discover about pre-industrial, industrial and post-industrial societies?Eating Out in Europe addresses such questions as it examines changes in eating patterns through time. ‘Eating out’ is broadly conceived to cover everything from nibbling a pizza at work to dining in an exquisite restaurant, from suffering an institutional lunch at the school cafeteria to enjoying the natural world with a picnic. The meaning of eating out clearly varies enormously depending on the setting, circumstances and significance of the meal. The contributors describe and interpret the huge changes that occurred in eating habits throughout Europe by analyzing such factors as urbanization, technological innovation, demographic growth, employment patterns and identity formation. Case studies include the evolution of the pub, the rise of the fast food industry in Britain, picnicking in 19th-century France, snack culture in the Netherlands, industrial canteens in Germany, the rise of restaurants in Norway and countryside traditions in Hungary, among others. Fully comprehensive and illustrated, the contributors draw on examples throughout Europe from the late eighteenth century to the present day.