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Love of Food and Hunger: History and Symbolism of Food (1730-1830) (La gourmandise et la faim)

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Original Language: French | 220 pp. | March 2015

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HISTORY
A new approach to the subject of food in the 18th and 19th centuries.
From the appearance of French cuisine around 1730 to the booming years of gastronomy with Grimod and Carême, this book analyses the constitution of a national, culinary culture without forgetting the agonizing question of hunger which is at the heart of the crisis of the Ancient Regime and the French Revolution.
What constitutes its originality is that the book is based on many different types of texts: courtesy books, cookbooks, encyclopedias, periodicals, and also works from famous authors (Rousseau, Diderot, Mercier, Chateaubriand).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jean-Claude Bonnet is Director of Research at the Centre National de Recherches Scientifiques. His publications include La Naissance du Pantheon (Fayard, 1998) and Diderot, Promenades dans l’œuvre (Le Livre de Poche, 2012). He is the Head of publication of the principal works of Louis Sébastien Mercier (Mercure de France, Belin, Champion).