Cooking Up the Nation
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181 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Monografías A

Series Vol. Number: 321

Imprint: Tamesis Books

Cooking Up the Nation

Spanish Culinary Texts and Culinary Nationalization in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

by Lara Anderson

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The book is the first to analyse the textual construction of a national Spanish cuisine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
This book looks at the textual attempts to construct a national cuisine made in Spain at the turn of the last century. At the same time that attempts to unify the country were being made in law and narrated in fiction, Mariano Pardo de Figueroa (1828-1918) and José Castro y Serrano (1829-96), Angel Muro Goiri (1839 - 1897), Emilia Pardo Bazán (1851-1921) and Dionisio Pérez (1872-1935) all tried to find ways of bringing Spaniards together through a common language about food. In line with this nationalist goal, all of the texts examined in this book contain strategies and rhetoric typical of nineteenth-century nation-building projects. The nationalist agenda of these culinary textscomes as little surprise when we consider the importance of nation building to Spanish cultural and political life at the time of their publication. At this time Spaniards were forced to confront many questions relating to their national identity, such as the state's lackluster nationalizing policies, the loss of empire, national degeneration and regeneration and their country's cultural dependence on France. In their discussions about how to nationalize Spanish food, all of the authors under consideration here tap into these wider political and cultural issues about what it meant to be Spanish at this time.

Lara Anderson is Lecturer in Spanish Studies at the Universityof Melbourne.
Introduction
The Foodscape of Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth-Century Spain: Multiple Cuisines and French Hegemony
The Emergence of Spanish Culinary Nationalism: Dr Thebussem & The King's Chef
Ángel Muro's Bestseller: Culinary Nationalization and Commercial Success
Emilia Pardo Bazán: the Nationalization and Modernization/Civilization of Spanish Cuisine
Post-Thebussem: Regional pluralism, and the re-vindication and nationalization of Spanish cuisine
Conclusion
Works Cited
"The story is well told. Everyone interested in the history of Spanish food will want to read it." PETIT PROPOS CULINAIRES

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Title Details

181 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Monografías A

Series Vol. Number: 321

Imprint: Tamesis Books