Upgrading the local. Belgian cuisine in global waves

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The essay touches upon questions of food as an identity marker, the nature of local food, and the influence of foreign food. The case of Belgium reveals a relationship between local and foreign foods in terms of both incorporation and exclusion. The nature of present-day Belgian cuisine is explored. This is confronted to global influences since long. Two international waves are suggested (the French hegemony in the 19th century; the globalization in the 1960s and 1970s), leading to two reactions (1900-1940; 1980 to the present). Obviously, mutual influences were and are very present.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalGastronomica. The Journal of Food and Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • food history
  • local and global
  • Belgium since 1800


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