Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity

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  • Over the past two decades, the popularity of Japanese food in the West has increased immeasurably—a major contribution to the evolution of Western eating habits. But Japanese cuisine itself has changed significantly since pre-modern times, and the food we eat at trendy Japanese restaurants, from tempura to sashimi, is vastly different from earlier Japanese fare. Modern Japanese Cuisine examines the origins of Japanese food from the late nineteenth century to unabashedly adulterated American favorites like today’s California roll. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka demonstrates that key shifts in the Japanese diet were, in many cases, a consequence of modern imperialism. Exploring reforms in military catering and home cooking, wartime food management and the rise of urban gastronomy, Cwiertka shows how Japan’s numerous regional cuisines were eventually replaced by a set of foods and practices with which the majority of Japanese today ardently identify. The result of over a decade of research, Modern Japanese Cuisine is a fascinating look at the historical roots of some of the world’s best cooking and will provide appetizing reading for scholars of Japanese culture and foodies alike. (20070311)
  • Author:
    Katarzyna J. Cwiertka
    Binding:
    Hardcover
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    394.10952
    EAN:
    9781861892980
    Edition:
    illustrated edition
    ISBN:
    1861892985
    Label:
    Reaktion Books
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $40.00
    Manufacturer:
    Reaktion Books
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    240
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2007-03-01
    Publisher:
    Reaktion Books
    Studio:
    Reaktion Books
    Title:
    Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power and National Identity

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