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Food and the Internet

Proceedings of the 20 th International Ethnological Food Research Conference, Department of Folklore and Ethnology, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Łodź, Poland, 3–6 September 2014

Edited By Violetta Krawczyk-Wasilewska and Patricia Lysaght

Discourses about food, especially on social media, affect the dietary choices of many people on a daily basis all over the world. In recognition of this phenomenon, the selection of 25 ethnological essays in this volume explores the effects of the digital age on post-modern food culture. It examines the influence of the Internet as a provider of a seemingly limitless flow of information and discourse about food sources, production, distribution and consumption. It also analyses the attitudes towards food in the context of ecological, environmental, ethical, health, and everyday lifestyle issues – at local, regional and global levels.
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Ancient and Byzantine Food and the Internet: Zofia Rzeźnicka

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Zofia Rzeźnicka

Ancient and Byzantine Food and the Internet

Today, in the age of the Internet, it is possible to find hundreds of well-tested recipes for national as well foreign dishes without much difficulty. With the help of various websites and blogs, American pancakes or Japanese sushi can be prepared in any kitchen, and the recipes used can be posted online for friends. The use of the global net to ensure that traditional cuisine does not fade into oblivion, and to facilitate the distribution of people’s favourite recipes, has become as common as the use of cookbooks for these purposes.1 The worldwide network is also used to popularise historical cuisine. By surfing the Internet it is possible to find many websites which provide general information about food in Antiquity (e.g. from www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Greek_cuisine, retrieved 1.6.2014), or which give modern versions of ancient recipes, (e.g. Evans, Dyfed L.: www.celtnet.org.uk/recipes/roman-recipes.php, retrieved 1.6.2014), or which include short films to demonstrate how old-time food is prepared. The online project entitled “Archaeology Gastronomy: Feasting Throughout History”, organised in connection with the Olympic Games held in the United Kingdom in 2012 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcY-p4CNJzM, retrieved 1.6.2014) was a good example of this kind of undertaking. As part of this project authors posted a series of educational presentations online related to eating in ancient Greece. Each of these presentations contained a video showing how meals could be made according to ancient recipes. Nowadays, however, old-time cuisine is promoted, not only by...

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