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Culinary art
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1. Concept and ideas

The concept of culinary art appeared at various times in the second half of the 18th century in Europe, and at first it denoted in a very general sense the techniques of appetizingly preparing food (Dining) and drink and serving them elegantly. Carl Friedrich von Rumohr, in 1822, was the first author to devote a whole book to the theory of culinary art, and he titled it, taking his lead from Montesquieu's De l'esprit des lois (1748; “On the Spirit of the Laws”), Geist der Kochku…

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Maaser, Michael, “Culinary art”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022368>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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