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Food and Material Culture

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The thirty-second Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery discussed food and material culture from every possible angle, and from every possible geographical perspective. Scholars assembled from countries around the globe, hailing from the UK, USA, Turkey, Italy, France, Brazil, Japan, Israel, and Germany. The topics of some of the papers are:
Aesthetics and politics of the kitchen in fascist Italy
Why kitchen utensils matter
Computer engineered food
The bamboo tea whisk in Japanese tea culture
Cooking under fire, 1914–1918
Sugar sculpture in Italian court banquets
Mongolian milk spoons
Élite consumption trends in ceramic tableware in Georgian Ireland
Vessels and equipment used by street food vendors of Istanbul
Perfuming the table in old Baghdad
Salt cellars and the origins of etiquette
Utensils in the classical Greek world
The everyday cooking pot of late antique Palestine
Tools and learning the language of cooking
The rise of the picnic hamper
The story of mixers and mixing
Beefy British Bovril, plasmon and quality Cadbury’s cocoa essence
Towards an anthropology of Bimby food processors in Italy

Published: Jul 1, 2014

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Foreword Mark McWilliams
Plenary Papers
Autarchic by Design: Aesthetics and Politics of Kitchenware Diana Garvin
Sporks, Pestles and Peelers: Why Kitchen Technology Matters Bee Wilson
The Soup that went into the Tureen: Connecting the Dots between Food and Material Culture Carolin C. Young
Symposium Papers
The Future of Tableware and Cooking Vessels Ken Albala
Salt-pot / Tuz Testisi: A salt and Terracotta Water Cooler from Turkey Nilhan Aras
Towards and Anthrolpology of Bimby Food-processors in Italy Elisa Ascione
Digital Gastronomy Adrian Bregazzi
Bottles, Glasses and Contrasting Beer Cultures in Belgium and the United States Anthony F. Buccini
The Bamboo Tea Whisk in Japanese Tea Tradition Voltaire Cang
Trench Fare: Cooking under Fire, France 1914-1918 Kyri W. Claflin
The Significance and Symbolism of Sugar Sculpture at Italian Court Banquets June di Schino
Refrigeration and the Americanization of Immigrants in the First Half of the Twentieth Century Betsey Dexter Dyer, Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus
Shaken, not Stirred: The Story of Mixers and Mixing Len Fisher, Janet Clarkson, Alan Parker
Napkins and Handkerchiefs in Early Modern Drama Joan Fitzpatrick
Kitchen Knives: The New Bling Peter Hertzmann
Tsatsal: The Symbolism and Significance of Mongolian Milk Spoons Sharon Hudgins
Katai: Coconut Scrapers Phil Iddison
Moulds for Shaping and Decorating Food in Turkey Priscilla Mary Işin
An Examination of Elite Consumption Trends in Ceramic Tableware in Georgian Ireland Tara Kellaghan
The Cow Creamer and the 'Cudster' Llio Teleri Lloyd-Jones
How to Make Solar Cooking Global: A Beginner's Guide Jeremy MacClancy
The Rise of the Picnic Hamper Diana Noyce
Vessels and Equipment Used by Street Food-vendors in Istanbul Banu Özden
Ushnān and Perfuming the Banquet Charles Perry
A Federal-era Kitchen: Hampton's Stew Stove, Iron Oven and Hearth Patricia Bixler Reber
Table Manners and what they Looked Like Gillian Riley
Endless Eating: The Indian Thali Caroline Rowe
'Let's all go eat at the Automat:' Machines and Miracles in New York City Laura Shapiro, Rebecca Federman
The First Thousand Years of Pottery in Prehistoric Oxfordshire Emilie Sibbesson
Making Muscular Machines with Nitrogenous Nutrition Lesley Steinitz
Nefs: Ships of the Table and the Origins of Etiquette David C. Sutton
Turkish Coffee: Arte & factum, Paraphernalia of a Ritual from Ember to Cup Aylin Öney Tan, Nihal Bursa
The Material Culture of the Classical Greek Banquet Stephanos Tanis
A 'Knack' for Cooking: What are the Required Tools? Amy B. Trubek
Quederah: The Everyday Cooking Pot of Talmudic Times Susan Weingarten
The Role of Extra-domiciliary Kitchens in Great Household Victualling Strategies, c. 1400-1600 Ryan Whibbs
Kee Wah Bakery's Mooncake Packaging Makeover in the 1990s Jennifer Wong
The Waurás in Brazil have a Pan that Speaks to the Fire Marcia Zoladz
Our Kitchen in 1940s Baghdad Sami Zubaida