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Karen Wistoft

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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies
Pages (from-to)82-93
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2018

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