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Food masquerade.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21539044     Owner:  HMD     Status:  MEDLINE    
Radishes cut to look like roses, watermelons carved into fruit baskets, apples made into swans, cakes frosted to look like dolls—when did this game of food masquerade start and how? This essay speculates about food's on-going history of disguise, of pretending to be what it's not. From the Renaissance courtier's delight in confections disguised as beasts, birds, and other fancies to our present day fascination with Japanese bento lunch boxes, food masquerade would seem to be a fanciful part of the history of food.Food masquerade injects some levity into our growing seriousness about food, our suspicion that most supermarket food is riddled with toxins and bad karma. It proposes that eating food should be fun. Food masquerade also gets to the very heart of artistic visual representation: the magical transformation of paint, clay or wood into an image of something else. It is a synecdoche for art itself.
Ann Bermingham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gastronomica : the journal of food and culture     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1529-3262     ISO Abbreviation:  Gastronomica (Berkeley Calif)     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-29     Completed Date:  2011-06-23     Revised Date:  2012-01-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101554255     Medline TA:  Gastronomica (Berkeley Calif)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-12     Citation Subset:  Q    
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MeSH Terms
Cooking* / history
Crops, Agricultural* / economics,  history
Environmental Pollutants / economics,  history
Food* / history
Food Supply / history
History, 15th Century
History, 16th Century
History, 17th Century
History, 18th Century
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
History, 21st Century
Pesticides* / economics,  history
Public Health* / economics,  education,  history,  legislation & jurisprudence
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Environmental Pollutants; 0/Pesticides

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