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When the kids conquered the kitchen: Danish taste education and the New Nordic Kitchen

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The New Nordic Kitchen has conquered the world, “Agern” and “The Nordic Food Hall” at Grand Central Station in New York City and “Noma” in Copenhagen being the symbolic examples. Normally this development is perceived as something, which came out of nowhere, or as the result of the initiatives of specific individuals such as René Redzepi, chef at “Noma”. In this essay, we will argue that it is part of a much broader cultural movement replacing precision, nutrition and hygiene by pleasure, taste and creativity as the center of kitchen culture, food education and child upbringing. We support this argument by focusing on children’s cookbooks published in Denmark during the period 1971-2016.
TidsskriftGastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies
Sider (fra-til)82-93
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 4 dec. 2018

Bibliografisk note

Karen Wistoft, PhD and professor at The Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University in Copenhagen. Here research covers learning, taste education, food knowledge, cooking, health and wellbeing in primary and secondary school.

Lars Qvortrup, professor and head of The Danish Center of School Research, Aarhus University. His research covers data- and research-informed school development, school leadership, social theory, hypercomplex systems theory and aesthetics.


  • Taste education, New Nordic KItchen, Children's cookbooks, Kitchen perceptions, Coooking competencies, Grundskole, Madkundskab

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