Monocultural and multicultural gastronationalism: National narratives in European food shows

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  • Jonatan Leer
This article argues that we are witnessing a wave of gastronationalism in European food television. In televised rediscoveries of national cuisines, narratives of the national identity are unfolded, and in these narratives various boundaries are defined and various subjects are included, excluded, and ranked in the national narrative. Based on analysis of Le Chef en France (2011-2012) with the leading celebrity chef in France Cyril Lignac and Jamie’s Great Britain (2012) with Jamie Oliver, the article proposes to distinguish between a monocultural gastronationalism and a multicultural gastronationalism. Finally, the article also suggests that the fact that white, male celebrity chefs dominate gastronationalist discourse could be seen as a form of normalization of gastronationalism.

Key words:
Food, taste, nationalism, food media, celebrity chefs, France, UK.

TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Sider (fra-til)817-834
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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