Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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Culinary Cosmopolitanism

  • Tammi Jonas
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_8-5



The meaning attributed to practices of consumption and production of food that are deeply tied to identity and community. While “food adventuring” or “culinary tourism” may be forms of colonialism and means of accruing cultural and social capital, they may also contribute to the formation of cosmopolitan subjects. This entry provides an overview of the history of cosmopolitanism as a philosophical construct and moral project and details the ways in which cosmopolitan engagements with multicultural foodways can be spaces of “hopeful intercultural encounters.”


Cosmopolitanism is an openness to and willingness to engage with cultural Others. Culinary comes from the Late Latin culina, meaning “kitchen,” derived from Classical Latin coquere, or “cook.” The “culinary arts” are popularly understood to be the art of cooking, in this case, a fine art, or sometimes equated with haute cuisine.

Culinary cosmopolitanism can be understood...


Cultural Capital Symbolic Violence Local Attachment Moral Project Food Adventure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cultural StudiesUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia