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The Lost Gastronomers

  • Denise GiganteEmail author
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Abstract

Who were the lost gastronomers of the Romantic period? This chapter interrogates the tradition of English food writing in the Age of Gastronomy, when first the modern gourmet restaurants emerged in Paris and professional French chefs made dining an art form. At this time a miscellaneous genre of food writing arose to critique the artistry: playful literary and philosophical essays that became the forerunner of today’s food journalism. But whereas names like Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin and Grimod de la Reynière were famous in the French tradition, the English Romantic writers who followed in their path were largely anonymous. Although not typically associated with gastronomy, essayists like Leigh Hunt and Charles Lamb were active participants in it. The chapter will examine the intriguing relationship between Lamb, the literary food connoisseur, and the anonymous Launcelot Sturgeon whose Essays: Moral, Philosophical, and Stomachical is one of the great lost works of the period.

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  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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