Tastes of homes: exploring food and place in twentieth-century Europe.

Anneke Geyzen, Olivier De Maret

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Food and taste play an essential role in sentiments of belonging and exclusion, and in turn, these sentiments are central to defining one's home as a material or an imagined place. Taste refers to a gustatory sense that makes humans capable of differentiating flavors on the one hand and describes cultural preferences and eating patterns on the other. As a social construction, home can refer to a physical place imbued with domestic notions of privacy and family or be conceived of as a broader geographical place in terms of locality, region, or nation. Both taste and home emerge as subjective and relative concepts. This special issue analyzes their multidimensional and dynamic meanings and their interrelationship. The main question it addresses is how place contributes to tastes of homes. The five articles that make up this Food and Foodways issue explore this question based on a vast array of sources and within five European countries during the twentieth century, when the internationalization and industrialization of the food chain increasingly provoked feelings of displacement. This introductory article reviews the research already conducted on the notions of taste, home, and place, and introduces the individual contributions as well as the broader themes they develop.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalFood and Foodways
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational conference: A taste of home. Food, identity, place and memory in Europe from a historical perspective (19th-20th centuries) - Brussels, Faro. Vlaams steunpunt voor cultureel erfgoed vzw
Duration: 9 Feb 201210 Feb 2012

Bibliographical note

Special issue of Food & Foodways "Tastes of homes"
Guest editors: Olivier de Maret and Anneke Geyzen


  • Food Studies
  • taste
  • home
  • History
  • Food history


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