Earthly Delights

Economies and Cultures of Food in Ottoman and Danubian Europe, c. 1500-1900


Earthly Delights brings together a number of substantial and original scholarly studies by international scholars currently working on the history of food in the Ottoman Empire and East-Central Europe. It offers new empirical research, as well as surveys of the state of scholarship in this discipline, with special emphasis on influences, continuities and discontinuities in the culinary cultures of the Ottoman Porte, the Balkans and East-Central Europe between the 17th and 19th centuries. Some contributions address economic aspects of food provision, the development and trans-national circulation of individual dishes, and the role of merchants, diplomats and travellers in the transmission of culinary trends. Others examine the role of food in the construction of national and regional identities in contact zones where local traditions merged or clashed with imperial (Ottoman, Habsburg) and West-European influences.
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Biographical Note

Angela Jianu, Ph.D. (2004, University of York, UK), has taught modern European history at the Universities of Warwick and Oxford. She is the author of A Circle of Friends: Romanian Revolutionaries and Political Exile, 1840-1859 (Brill, 2011).

Violeta Barbu, Ph.D. (1997, 2008, University of Bucharest), was Professor of Religious Anthropology and Senior Research Fellow at the “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History in Bucharest. She has published widely on the early modern history of Romania and is the editor of Documenta Romaniae Historica (1998-2017, 11 vols.).


The volume is addressed to historians of food, as well as to the general reader interested in the interactions of culinary cultures in the Ottoman Empire, the Balkans and East-Central Europe.