Chopsticks: A cultural and culinary history

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Abstract

Chopsticks have become a quintessential part of the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culinary experience across the globe, with more than one fifth of the world's population using them daily to eat. In this vibrant, highly original account of the history of chopsticks, Q. Edward Wang charts their evolution from a simple eating implement in ancient times to their status as a much more complex, cultural symbol today. Opening in the Neolithic Age, at the first recorded use of chopsticks, the book surveys their practice through Chinese history, before exploring their transmission in the fifth century to other parts of Asia, including Vietnam, Korea, Japan and Mongolia. Calling upon a striking selection of artwork, the author illustrates how chopstick use has influenced Asian cuisine, and how, in turn the cuisine continues to influence chopstick use, both in Asia and across the globe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages190
ISBN (Electronic)9781139161855
ISBN (Print)9781107023963
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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History
Asia
Cuisine
Viet Nam
Charts
Japan
Korea
Mongolia
Cultural Complex
Eat
Artwork
Chinese History
Symbol

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Edward Wang, Q. / Chopsticks : A cultural and culinary history. Cambridge University Press, 2015. 190 p.
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