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The meal (Middle English mel) was originally the time at which eating was done (from Old English, mæl: “fixed time; occasion”; cf. German Mal: “occasion,” Mahl “meal”; Dutch maal: “time; meal”). In the study of  food in the various disciplines addressing culture and history, the meal is one of the basic central elements in which “eating and drinking are performed and valuations and communications institutionalized” [9. 173].

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Krug-Richter, Barbara, “Meal”, 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 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023604>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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