Culinary Nostalgia: Regional Food Culture and the Urban Experience in Shanghai

January 31, 2016 - Comment

Culinary Nostalgia is the first Western-language book to explore the unique significance that the Chinese people attach to their country’s many distinct regional foods, as well as the shifting roles that Western food plays in urban life. Author Mark Swislocki focuses on Shanghai—a food lover’s paradise—as a rich intersection of urban, regional, and national identities,

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Culinary Nostalgia is the first Western-language book to explore the unique significance that the Chinese people attach to their country’s many distinct regional foods, as well as the shifting roles that Western food plays in urban life. Author Mark Swislocki focuses on Shanghai—a food lover’s paradise—as a rich intersection of urban, regional, and national identities, and examines how tastes registered change and continuity at pivotal moments throughout the city’s history. From the earliest accounts of Shanghai’s specialty foodstuffs to the dazzling variety of regional cuisines and restaurants in the metropolis of today, this book uncovers how city residents have constructed their relationship to the city itself, to other parts of China, and to the wider world. This new history of Shanghai develops an original framework for studying food culture as an intrinsic part of the way Chinese people connect to the past, live in the present, and imagine a future.

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ROROTOKO says:

Food as an objection to modernity “Culinary Nostalgia” is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. Professor Swislocki’s book interview ran here as the cover feature on April 2, 2010.

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