Taste as Experience: The Philosophy and Aesthetics of Food

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

byNicola PerulloForeword byMassimo Montanari

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Taste as Experience puts the pleasure of food at the center of human experience. It shows how the sense of taste informs our preferences for and relationship to nature, pushes us toward ethical practices of consumption, and impresses upon us the importance of aesthetics. Eating is often dismissed as a necessary aspect of survival, and our personal enjoyment of food is considered a quirk. Nicola Perullo sees food as the only portion of the world we take in on a daily basis, constituting our first and most significant encounter with the earth.

Perullo has long observed people's food practices and has listened to their food experiences. He draws on years of research to explain the complex meanings behind our food choices and the thinking that accompanies our gustatory actions. He also considers our indifference toward food as a force influencing us as much as engagement. For Perullo, taste is value and wisdom. It cannot be reduced to mere chemical or cultural factors but embodies the quality and quantity of our earthly experience.

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Taste as Experience puts the pleasure of food at the center of human experience. It shows how the sense of taste informs our preferences for and relationship to nature, pushes us toward ethical practices of consumption, and impresses upon us the importance of aesthetics. Eating is often dismissed as a necessary aspect of survival, and...

Nicola Perullo is professor of aesthetics at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. He is the author of several books in Italian and teaches courses on aesthetics and the philosophy of taste, wine evaluation, and the ethics and aesthetics of food.Massimo Montanari is professor of medieval history and the history of...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231173482

ISBN - 13:9780231173483

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Table of Contents

Preface to the American EditionForeword, by Massimo MontanariIntroductionFirst Mode of Access: PleasureSecond Mode of Access: KnowledgeThird Mode of Access: IndifferenceThe Wisdom of Taste, the Taste of WisdomNotesReferencesIndex

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