Food Culture

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Assignment One

For the course: TL3137 Contemporary Issues in Food and Drink

Student Name:XUE YAO

Student ID Number:G20575977

In the course module TL3137 Contemporary Issues in Food and Drink, it aims to explore the multi-disciplinary dimensions to the study of food, drink and culture in a contemporary context.In detail, by means of the course module TL3137, the author of the assignment is able to learn something in the aspect of socio-cultural: multi-culturalism and diversity, in the aspect ofpsychological: food and drink: choice, preference, avoidance, hedonism, aesthetic principlesand identity,in the aspect of culinary arts: contemporary entrepreneurial chefs, and in the aspect of philosophical: the politics and ethics of food and drink consumption: food scarcity and security.

In other words,with the above theoretical foundations andanalysis, the students are able to critically analyse and discuss some relevant case studies in different contexts of different food culture.In the assignment, the author of the assignment is able to in the context of a food (Sushi) culture of her choice, critically analyse and discussthe food choice, preference, avoidance, hedonism, aesthetic principlesand identity, which mainly is in the aspect of psychological: food. It should be noteworthythat the food (Sushi) culture of her choice is with regard to the food culture of Japan.

Some researchershave explored some multi-disciplinary dimensions to the study of food, drink and culture in a contemporary context. For example, Jacobsand Scholliers(2003)argued the issue of eating out in Europe. The two researchers argued thatthere is a growing interest in local food even if there are a large variety of international foodstuffs for consumers in local country to have access to. Normally,there are some specific benefits for local food. Furthermore, there are a series of routes to different markets for local food (Jacobsand Scholliers, 2003).Local food refers to the food, whichis produced and consumed within a particular narrowly defined geographical area (Meiselmanand MacFie, 1996). It has to be admitted thatthere appears to be no generally agreed or widely adopted definition for local food.

The following is with regard tothe context of a food (Sushi) culture of the choice of the author in the assignment. In the food culture of Japan, the author of the assignmentis going to critically analyse and discuss the food choice, preference, avoidance, hedonism, aesthetic principlesand identity, which mainly is in the aspect of psychological: food.

In the context of a food (Sushi) culture in Japan,it has to be admitted thatit appears people have some preferences to make the food choice. For example, a large number of people prefer to make the food choice for local food (Sushi). In detail, Sushi is the local food in Japan, whichis produced and consumed within a particular narrowly defined geographical area (Meiselmanand MacFie, 1996).In Japan, local food (Sushi) is a type of food culture. There are a series of routes for local food (Sushi) to markets in Japan and in the international market(Mennell, Murcott and van Otterloo, 1992).In his book Cuisine and Culture: A History of Food and People, Civitello(2011) suggested that inthe context of a food (Sushi) culture in Japan, the local food (Sushi) is the food for the eye, the food for the body, and the food for the soul.In the food culture of Japan, Civitello(2011) suggested that the food (Sushi) often covers everything that could possibly relate to the science, culture, or culinary art of sushi, and go even a bit further to some extent.

Kaplan (2012)did some investigations with regard to the philosophy of food. The researcher suggested thatin the psychological aspect,consumersa particular narrowly defined geographical area may have some understanding of the origins of foods. In other words, consumers a particular narrowly defined geographical area may have a biographical and...
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