By Lawrence R. Schehr (ed.), Allen S. Weiss (ed.)

Greater than a publication approximately meals on my own, French meals makes use of nutrition as a window into problems with nationality, literature, and tradition in France and in a foreign country. notable individuals from cultural stories, literary feedback, functionality stories, and the rising box of meals experiences discover a variety of nutrition issues.

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Careme simply pronounced France "the motherland of anyone who entertains guests; its cuisine and wines are the triumph of gastronomy and it is the only country for good food" (Careme, Cuisinier i; Careme, Art 2:i). In an earlier work, he boasted that "this absolutely new Treatise ... will give new luster to our national cuisine" (Careme, Ptitissier, dedication), and in another, he boldly asserted that he had already refuted all the "ridiculous books that are a disgrace to our great national cuisine" (Careme, Maitre 1:5).

The seven sins were codified in the sixth century as deadly or, as French has it, "capital" sins, since these dispositions (rather than acts) A CULTURAL FIELD IN THE MAKING 45 were at "the head of," and therefore responsible for, a multiplicity of sinful acts (anger, for example, leading to murder). 12. The paradigmatic recasting of vice as virtue and redefining sin as socially useful comes in a novel by the immensely popular writer Eugene Sue, Gourmandise, one in the series of The Seven Deadly Sins, which were written before and during the revolution of 1848.

Like the other nationalisms that flourished in the nineteenth century, French culinary nationalism drew on texts. That "French cuisine" was itself the product of texts has led some to deny the very possibility of a national cuisine. Because, for these critics, a cuisine is product based, it can only be local (Mintz, Tasting, ch. 7), which makes "French cuisine" little more than an intellectualized Parisian artifice totally dependent upon "true," regional cuisines. 21 Such statements tend to confuse the plurality of culinary practices with the critical coherence of a culinary tradition.

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