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Introduction: Food as Chimera – Strangeness and the Everyday

Nicola Humble

Nicola Humble is Professor of English at the University of Roehampton, UK. She is the author of award winning title Culinary Pleasures and Cake: A Global History, and also edited a widely cited edition of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Literature of Food : An Introduction from 1830 to Present

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...One of my early reading memories is of a seemingly innocuous passage in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons (1930) where Susan, the boring domestic sister, discusses methods of cooking eggs with one of those handy farmer’s wives who pop...
...Introduction The psychology of food and culture is remarkably complex and is explored in this course through an interdisciplinary approach. As everything psychological is simultaneously biological, the role of evolutionary pressures...

Conclusion: Go to Work on an Egg

Nicola Humble

Nicola Humble is Professor of English at the University of Roehampton, UK. She is the author of award winning title Culinary Pleasures and Cake: A Global History, and also edited a widely cited edition of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Literature of Food : An Introduction from 1830 to Present

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Book chapter

...What is true of disgust is also true of literary food in general: it very often has an agenda, but its agendas are not always the same. Food, as I said at the outset, is a thing of power within many texts: power to emblematize and power...

Socrates

David Roochnik

David Roochnik is Professor of Philosophy and Maria Stata Professor of Classical Greek Studies at Boston University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Eat, Drink, Think : What Ancient Greece Can Tell Us about Food and Wine

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...The Symposium Nietzsche’s story describes more than the birth of tragedy in Athens. It also chronicles its demise and how its precarious marriage of competing yet complementary forces was eventually disrupted, and by one person...

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David Roochnik

David Roochnik is Professor of Philosophy and Maria Stata Professor of Classical Greek Studies at Boston University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Eat, Drink, Think : What Ancient Greece Can Tell Us about Food and Wine

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...(2) Yesterday, I burned the tomatoes. I had started the sauce when I got home around five. Before the garlic began to brown, I had added the tomatoes, from a can since it’s still only spring. I sprinkled salt and lots of basil (dried...

Interlude2

David Roochnik

David Roochnik is Professor of Philosophy and Maria Stata Professor of Classical Greek Studies at Boston University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Eat, Drink, Think : What Ancient Greece Can Tell Us about Food and Wine

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...(12) I’ve given several fabulous, blowout parties in my life. One was for my friend Steve in 1993. His first novel had just come out and had been well reviewed. We drank vast quantities, took turns reading from Steve’s book (which I...

Interlude3

David Roochnik

David Roochnik is Professor of Philosophy and Maria Stata Professor of Classical Greek Studies at Boston University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Eat, Drink, Think : What Ancient Greece Can Tell Us about Food and Wine

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...(17) When our daughters come home for a visit, our best times are over dinner. Although big breakfasts—challah French toast and blueberries, fried eggs and potatoes, bagels and lox—are pretty good too. One of my few parental triumphs...

Dionysus

David Roochnik

David Roochnik is Professor of Philosophy and Maria Stata Professor of Classical Greek Studies at Boston University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Eat, Drink, Think : What Ancient Greece Can Tell Us about Food and Wine

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Euripides’ Bacchae Wine is a sure presence at a Homeric supper, and its effects, especially inducing sweet sleep, are mentioned regularly. So too are libations poured at every sacrifice. Still, food, not drink, commands a greater share...

The Eatingest Epic

David Roochnik

David Roochnik is Professor of Philosophy and Maria Stata Professor of Classical Greek Studies at Boston University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Eat, Drink, Think : What Ancient Greece Can Tell Us about Food and Wine

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Supper in the Odyssey Homer, Odyssey IV.229All citations in this chapter are from The Odyssey of Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald (New York: Random House, 1990). Fitzgerald’s version of this famous book, from his word choice to his...

Introduction: Invitation to the Feast

Kaori O’Connor

Kaori O’Connor is an anthropologist at University College London (UCL), UK. Holding degrees in anthropology from Reed College, Oxford University and UCL, she has written widely on the anthropology of food, won the prestigious Sophie Coe Prize for Food History in 2009 and is a frequent media commentator. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Never-Ending Feast : The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...How is it that there is no wreath before the doors, no savour of cooking strikes the tip end of the projecting nose, though the feast of the Amphidromia is on? For then it is the custom to toast slices of cheese from the Chersonese, to boil...