Aguecheek's Beef, Belch's Hiccup, And Other Gastronomic Interjections: Literature, Culture, and…

Paperback | June 15, 2012

byRobert Appelbaum

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We didn’t always eat the way we do today, or think and feel about eating as we now do. But we can trace the roots of our own eating culture back to the culinary world of early modern Europe, which invented cutlery, haute cuisine, the weight-loss diet, and much else besides. Aguecheek’s Beef, Belch’s Hiccup tells the story of how early modern Europeans put food into words and words into food, and created an experience all their own. Named after characters in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this lively study draws on sources ranging from cookbooks to comic novels, and examines both the highest ideals of culinary culture and its most grotesque, ridiculous and pathetic expressions. Robert Appelbaum paints a vivid picture of a world in which food was many things—from a symbol of prestige and sociability to a cause for religious and economic struggle—but always represented the primacy of materiality in life.
Peppered with illustrations and a handful of recipes, Aguecheek’s Beef, Belch’s Hiccup will appeal to anyone interested in early modern literature or the history of food.

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We didn’t always eat the way we do today, or think and feel about eating as we now do. But we can trace the roots of our own eating culture back to the culinary world of early modern Europe, which invented cutlery, haute cuisine, the weight-loss diet, and much else besides. Aguecheek’s Beef, Belch’s Hiccup tells the story of how early ...

Robert Appelbaum is professor of English literature at Uppsala University, Sweden.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226021270

ISBN - 13:9780226021270

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Texts
CHAPTER ONE-Aguecheek's Beef, Hamlet's Baked Meat
CHAPTER TWO-The Sensational Science
CHAPTER THREE-The Cookbook As Literature
CHAPTER FOUR-The Food of Wishes, from Cockaigne to Utopia
CHAPTER FIVE-Food of Regret                                                            CHAPTER SIX-Belch's Hiccup
CHAPTER SEVEN-Cannibals and Missionaries
CONCLUSION-Crusoe's Friday, Rousseau's Émile

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