HIST 840 Discussion Materials (Spring 2017 – Week 13)

Week 13: Changing Tastes and Eating for Pleasure


Margaret Visser, Much Depends on Dinner, pp. 285-322 (Chap. 9: “Ice Cream: Cold Comfort”)

Reay Tannahill, Food in History, pp. 281-346 (Part Six: Introduction; Chap. 19: “The Industrial Revolution;” Chap. 20: “The Food-Supply Revolution;” Chap. 21: “The Scientific Revolution”)

Frederick W. Mote, “Yüan [ AD 1271-1368] and Ming [AD 1368-1644],” in K. C. Chang, ed., Food in Chinese Culture (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1977), pp. 234-240.

Yunxiang Yan, “Of Hamburger and Social Space: Consuming McDonald’s in Beijing,” in The Cultural Politics of Food and Eating: A Reader, ed. James L. Watson and Melissa L. Caldwell (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 86-103 (excerpt).


Talleyrand, the Congress of Vienna (1815), and Carême’s food, from “Glamour Puds” with Kate Williams and Eric Lanlard, (2009; 9:30 min.):

Michel Roux, Jr.: Carême’s pâtisserie (1:54 min.):

Antonin Carême’s “Glamour Puddings” (=brief selections from 24-min. video; 3:23 min.):

Fast food reigns in China (CNN news report, c. July 2009; 2:07 min.):


MacDonalds “Manly Man Beef” commercial, Beijing, 2012 (0:30 min.):

“The Perfect Ice Cream Flavor” (salted caramel ice cream; 2:05 min.):

Erotic ad for Creme d’Or vanille bourbon ice cream: “Worth a sin” (0:40 min.):