Abstract

This article examines three contemporary German reports of encounters with "strange" and "taboo" food: a newspaper article about the perils of eating in China, a biographical essay in which contemporary German novelist Birgit Vanderbeke discusses historical changes in the culinary habits of postwar Germany, and a rather unusual cookbook by the same author. These texts provide a snapshot of contemporary German sensibilities regarding food, and they allow us to gain insights about the cultural specificity of taste, historical shifts in our culinary value judgments, and the impact of culinary globalization.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1948-2833
Print ISSN
1948-2825
Pages
pp. 148-167
Launched on MUSE
2011-11-05
Open Access
No
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