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‘Tickling the Palate’

Gastronomy in Irish Literature and Culture


Edited By Máirtin Mac Con Iomaire and Eamon Maher

This volume of essays, which originated in the inaugural Dublin Gastronomy Symposium held in the Dublin Institute of Technology in June 2012, offers fascinating insights into the significant role played by gastronomy in Irish literature and culture.
The book opens with an exploration of food in literature, covering figures as varied as Maria Edgeworth, James Joyce, Charles Dickens, Enid Blyton, John McGahern and Sebastian Barry. Other chapters examine culinary practices among the Dublin working classes in the 1950s, offering a stark contrast to the haute cuisine served in the iconic Jammet’s Restaurant; new trends among Ireland’s ‘foodie’ generation; and the economic and tourism possibilities created by the development of a gastronomic nationalism. The volume concludes by looking at the sacramental aspects of the production and consumption of Guinness and examining the place where it is most often consumed: the Irish pub.
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DOROTHY CASHMAN is researching Irish culinary manuscripts and the culinary traditions of the landed estates and great houses of Ireland for her PhD at the Dublin Institue of Technology. She has presented papers at the inaugural Dublin Gastronomy Symposium (2012) on Dean Swift and the relationship with French culinary influence in Georgian Ireland, and to the Irish Georgian Society (2013) and the National Library of Ireland (2012) on researching the culinary manuscripts of the National Library’s collection. Her continuing research is supported by research funding from Fáilte Ireland.

MARJORIE DELEUZE is working on a PhD thesis in Irish Studies entitled Dimension identitaire des pratiques, des habitudes et des symboliques alimentaires de l’Irlande contemporaine. She works under the supervision of Professor Catherine Maignant from Université de Lille III and lectures in French in Trinity College Dublin. She has presented papers at the inaugural Dublin Gastronomy Symposium and at the AFIS conference in Limerick.

MICHAEL FLANAGAN lectures in All Hallows College (Dublin City University) in the fields of Popular Media Culture and Irish History. He also works as a lecturer in Education and Teaching Practice in Hibernia College and St Nicholas College, Dun Laoghaire. He has presented at many conferences on the area of media and popular culture and has contributed to publications on topics related to these disciplines and related themes. He was awarded his PhD from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2006 for his thesis entitled True sons of Erin: Catholic /...

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