My Favorite Food

A research project that you could taste?

First Story:

… I am in the Orientalism and the Visual Art seminar. … I am trying to write it specifically on the history of the Rijstaffel, a Dutch dish that was appropriated from the Dutch Indos that were forced to move to Holland. ” 


 Second Story:

The student reported back, “My last year’s paper was recieved very very well!”

 He is ready now to start on a second project.

“I am trying to find anything on Dutch salted black licorice, known either as drop, zoute drop, or dubbel zoute drop respectively translated to black licorice, salted licorice and double salted licorice. These licorices are incredibly popular in the Netherlands and readily available.  I’ve had quite a difficult time thus far finding information on the history or cultural identity of these sweets.”



On Oct 25, 2010, at 2:57 PM, Chen, Chao wrote:


This book sounds promising. I wonder if the bibliography and footnotes in the book would give you more clues:

Dalby, Andrew. Dangerous Tastes: the Story of Spices. Berkeley: University of California Press. Bookstacks: TX406 .D35 2000.


Third Story:

So the cliche, “Pick a topic that interests you” works out sometimes. Check out yet another food story; another fun project.


Furture Stories based on food books found in Tisch? (Click on the book cover for details.)


These three titles are:

Food: the History of Taste

Tastes and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy

Arranging the Meal: a History of Table Service in France


This article might spark some interest:

Gratza, Agnieszka. “Spiritual Nourishment: Food and Ritual in Performance Art.” PAJ 32, no. 1 (2010): 67-67-75.

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