Title

The Impact of Christian Food Prohibitions on the Evolution of Cuisine from the Late Middle Ages to the Early Modern Period

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Department

History

Conference Title

The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference

Organization

Roger Smith Hotel

Location

New York, NY

Conference Dates

February 7-9, 2013

Date of Presentation

2-7-2013

Abstract

Many cookbooks explore Jewish culinary heritages from Brooklyn to Tashkent; almost no books try to do the same for the world’s Christian food traditions. Why? Food symbolism was and to an extent still is central to Christianity; world Christian communities represent extraordinary ethnic and cultural diversity; the richness of food-centered Christian historical legacies over the past two millennia is almost unimaginable. This panel is meant to fill in a little of the blank space on a huge, unaccountably unexplored map.

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