Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity / Edition 1

Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity / Edition 1

by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka
     
 

Over the last decade the popularity of Japanese food in the West has increased immeasurably, contributing to the continuing diversification of Western eating habits; but Japanese cuisine itself has evolved significantly since pre-modern times.  Among the key factors in the shift in Japanese eating habits were the dietary effects of imperialism, reforms in

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Over the last decade the popularity of Japanese food in the West has increased immeasurably, contributing to the continuing diversification of Western eating habits; but Japanese cuisine itself has evolved significantly since pre-modern times.  Among the key factors in the shift in Japanese eating habits were the dietary effects of imperialism, reforms in military catering and home cooking, wartime food management and the rise of urban gastronomy. This book demonstrates that Japanese cuisine as it is currently understood and valued, in spite of certain inevitable historical influences, is primarily a modern invention concocted in the midst of the turbulent events of the late nineteenth and the twentieth centuries.

Modern Japanese Cuisine, now available in paper, will be of interest to the general reader interested in Japanese culture and society, as well as to a more specialized audience, such as scholars of Japan, anthropologists, and food historians.

 

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861892980
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Series:
BL - Treasures from the Bodleian Library
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Western Food, Politics and Fashion     13
The Road to Multicultural Gastronomy     35
Strengthening the Military     56
Reforming Home Meals     87
Wartime Mobilization and Food Rationing     115
The Culinary Consequences of Japanese Imperialism     138
Multiple Circuits of Affluence     156
Conclusion: The Making of a National Cuisine     175
Postscript: Japanese Cuisine Goes Global     181
References     200
Glossary     228
Acknowledgements     233
Photo Acknowledgements     235
Index     236

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