15 Culinary Arts


Culinary arts, in which culinary means “related to cooking”, are the cuisine arts of food preparation, cooking, and presentation of food, usually in the form of meals. People working in this field – especially in establishments such as restaurants – are commonly called “chefs” or “cooks”, although, at its most general, the terms “culinary artist” and “culinarian” are also used. Table manners (“the table arts”) are sometimes referred to as a culinary art.

Expert chefs are required to have knowledge of food science, nutrition and diet and are responsible for preparing meals that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate. After restaurants, their primary places of work include delicatessens and relatively large institutions such as hotels and hospitals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culinary_arts

So, why include culinary arts in an Introduction to Humanities course? If we look back at our essential questions, maybe we can find an answer. Who are we? What makes us human? Can we find culinary arts in this? I decided that we could. The food we eat makes us human. It is a important to our culture.

Let’s take a look at Food around the World


Choose one that you would never have tried and try it. Follow the recipe and make a new kind of food!

Taste the Nation

The trailer for this amazing show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzN76UMkT_w

Padma Lakshmi’s New Food Show Is a Trojan Horse: Taste the Nation is breezy in tone, but it exposes the betrayals at the heart of “American” cuisine.

This is a show on Hulu, so it isn’t available to everyone. However, if there is a way to use this, it is a wonderful introduction to the culinary arts of America.


Listen to ‘Taste The Nation’: Padma Lakshmi Explores The American Palate on NPR


Special Issue “Food, Culture, and Heritage. Identity Formation through Eating Customs”

Dr. Francesca Muccini


How Food Shaped Humanity



19 Amazing Culinary Traditions Around the World


The Role of Food in Human Culture


5 times food has changed the course of history


How food helped shape history




Culinary Arts of Asia

Chang, K. C. “Food in Chinese Culture.” Asia Society Blog.

Cooper, E. image“Chinese Table Manners: You Are How You Eat.” (PDF) Human Organization 45, no. 2 (1986): 179–84.

Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko. “Rice As Self: Japanese Identities through Time.” Education about Asia 9, no. 3 (2004): 4–9.

Kushner, Barak. “Food History & National Myths.” Japan Society, January 14, 2008. [On Ramen in Japan]

Chung, Haekyung. “Introduction.” In Korean Cuisine: A Cultural Journey. Translated by Yoojin Lee. 2009.

Watson, James. image“Prosperity Versus Pathology: A Social History of Obesity in China.” (PDF) Harvard Asia Pacific Review, 2000.

北海道グルメ動画【GouTube北海道】. “Edo Sushi Video.” August 19, 2013. YouTube.

The Culinary Institute of America. “Medicinal Food in Hong Kong.” Feburary 20, 2013. YouTube.

Arirang. “Globalizing Korean Food.” Feburary 7, 2014. YouTube.

Arirang Culture. “Tales of Hansik – Kimchee.” September 26, 2013. YouTube.

The Fishy Channel. “Tsukiji Fish Market.” November 4, 2014. YouTube.

A History of Kimchi



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