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Keshan Disease

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...Discovery and Characteristics of the Disease Keshan disease (KD) is a unique endemic cardiomyopathy in China with high incidence and mortality. Its etiology and pathogenesis...

Dissolved in Liquor and Life

Commensality : From Everyday Food to Feast

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...The Chinese writer Mo Yan (莫言1955–) is often categorized as belonging to the new historicist trend in fiction (新历史主义小说). This literary current, which evolved in China in the 1970s, viewed fiction and history as related subjects and merged...

Ducks

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...The mallard, Anas platyrhynchos, is the most ubiquitous taxon in the subfamily Anatinae of the family Anatidae. It is the ancestor of most domestic ducks, the males of which still sport the ancestral curling feathers of the upper tail...

Yüan Mei

Food History: Critical and Primary Sources : Global Contact and Early Industrialization

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Yüan Mei (1715–1797) is beyond all question the most popular writer of modern times. At the early age of nine he was inspired with a deep love for poetry, and soon became an adept at the art. Graduating in 1739, he was shortly afterwards...
...Artists as farmers, artists on land, artists as food-and-land activists are all a part of a world-wide phenomenon connected to urbanization and food movements. On many continents artists and farmers find themselves on the economic...

Feeding the Revolution: Public Mess Halls and Coercive Commensality in Maoist China

The Handbook of Food and Anthropology

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Discussions Feeding the Revolution: Public Mess Halls and Coercive Commensality in of food in China usually focus on high cuisine and delicacies associated with regional preferences. This essay deals with low...

The Origins and Dispersal of Rice Cultivation

Food History: Critical and Primary Sources : Origins

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Domesticated rice (Oryza sativa) is one of the five major crops in the world and a staple food for more than 30% of the world population. Yet the question of where, when, why and how the domestication of rice originated has been, and still...

Food Prejudices and Taboos

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

Encyclopedia entry

...Over the past 2,000 years, scholars have produced a vast literature on food prejudices and taboos. This literature, however, is complicated by confusing etymology and indiscriminate or inconsistent application of several terms, such as food...

Playing with Food: Performance, Food, and the Aesthetics of Artificiality in the Sung and Yuan

Food History: Critical and Primary Sources : Classical and Postclassical Eras

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...In one of the finest opening passages found in an academic book, George Steiner wrote, “We speak still of ‘sunrise’ and ‘sunset’. We do so as if the Copernican model of the solar system had not replaced, ineradicably, the Ptolemaic. Vacant...

The High and the Low: Culinary Culture in Asia and Europe

Food History: Critical and Primary Sources : Classical and Postclassical Eras

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...In the traditional societies of northern Ghana there was little internal difference in the food, whether raw or cooked, of the various members. Even a state like Gonja that consisted of distinct strata organised in a hierarchy...