Tasting paradise on earth : Jiangnan foodways / Jin Feng.
- Seattle : University of Washington Press, 
xi, 216 pages
- Food habits -- China -- Yangtze River Delta -- History.
Food -- Social aspects -- China -- Yangtze River Delta -- History.
Social change -- China -- Yangtze River Delta -- History.
Yangtze River Delta (China) -- Social life and customs.
Food -- Social aspects.
Manners and customs.
China -- Yangtze River Delta.
- "Tasting Paradise on Earth examines the tension between China's fast-forward modernization and its prevalent cultural nostalgia through an interdisciplinary exploration of how key cities in Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces in the Lower Yangzi Delta region, or 'Jiangnan,' preserve culinary inheritance while also revamping it for the new millennium. Throughout Chinese history, food nostalgia has generated cultural currency for individuals. Tasting Paradise on Earth examines literary treatments of Jiangnan foodways from late imperial and twentieth-century China, and demonstrates the metamorphosis of this cultural landscape in contemporary China, with its new platforms for food nostalgia, such as broadcast media and the Internet. It also highlights the role that gender plays in the expression of food nostalgia and the construction of personal and cultural identities. This analysis both sheds light on Chinese modernization and has broader comparative relevance for the study of global food cultures and modernization. It demonstrates that the (re)formation and management of individual and collective identities in a society undergoing massive transformations can be achieved by homely arts such as cooking, in addition to--and perhaps more effectively than--'high' art forms such as literature and music"-- Provided by publisher.
- Chronology of Chinese dynasties
Jiangnan style : hometown cuisine for chefs and writers
Suzhou : paradise on earth
The commodification of food nostalgia : restaurants and media
Hangzhou : the fashionable capital
Nanjing : managing historical time
Epilogue: Contemporary food nostalgia.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Feng, Jin, 1971- author. Tasting paradise on earth
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