Tasting Paradise on Earth
Throughout Chinese history, food nostalgia has generated cultural currency for individuals. Feng examines literary treatments of Jiangnan foodways from late imperial and twentieth-century China, highlighting the role played by gender and tracing the contemporary metamorphosis of this cultural landscape, with its new platforms for food culture, such as television and the internet. As communities in Jiangnan refashion their regional heritage, culinary arts shine as markers of ethnic and social distinction.
About the Author
"Unique and original—a valuable contribution to literatures on both contemporary China and global food studies generally."—Ellen Oxfeld, author of Bitter and Sweet: Food, Meaning, and Modernity in Rural China
"This book is a delightful and engaging survey of food, food writing, and food nostalgia in the southern part of the Yangzi Delta. The author writes perceptively and with quiet good humor of the nostalgia for centuries of gourmet glory that runs strong in the region."—Eugene Anderson, author of Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China
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