By Brigitte Sebastia

Due to its centrality in human actions, nutrients is a significant item that unavoidably participates in any cultural, social and ideological building and its qualification as 'traditional' is a politically weighted down price. This book demonstrates that traditionality as attributed to meals is going past the notions of history and authenticity below which it truly is generally formulated.


Through a chain of case reports from a world variety of cultural and geographical components, the ebook explores a variety of contexts to bare the complexity at the back of the attribution of the time period 'traditional' to nutrients. particularly, the quantity demonstrates that the definitions placed forward by programmes such as TRUEFOOD and EuroFIR (and for this reason followed through organisations including FAO), that have analysed the notion of conventional meals by means of individuals, do no longer safely replicate this complexity. The thought of culture being deeply ingrained culturally, socially, politically and ideologically, conventional meals withstand any unmarried definition.


Chapters examine the strategies of valorisation, instrumentalisation and reinvention at stake within the development and illustration of a meals as conventional. total the booklet deals clean views on themes together with definition and rules, nationalism and identification, and health and meals, and may be of curiosity to scholars and researchers of many disciplines including anthropology, sociology, politics and cultural experiences.

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