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Title The chile pepper in China : a cultural biography / Brian R. Dott.
Author Dott, Brian Russell, author.
Publication New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]
Description 1 online resource.
Call # eBOOK
Series Arts and traditions of the table : perspectives on culinary history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Names and places : how the chile found its way "home" to China -- Spicing up the palate -- Spicing up the pharmacopeia -- Too hot for words : elite reticence towards chile peppers -- Chiles as beautiful objects and literary emblems -- Mao's little red spice : chiles and regional identity -- Appendix A. Late imperial recipe collections -- Appendix B. Medical texts consulted.
Summary "China was introduced to the American chili pepper in the 16th century, and adoption of the foreign crop spread rapidly to fulfill regional needs. While the Chinese were initially unclear on how to incorporate the chili into their diets and how to compare it alongside their native plants (was it like the Sichuan pepper, ginger, eggplant, or black pepper?), the chili and its versatility became so essential to Chinese cuisine and pharmacopeia that it quickly became indigenized and was later used as an example for native plant identification. As the distinction between foreign and indigenous faded, the influence and popularity of the chili grew, redefining the term "spicy" and appearing in a wide variety of literary texts and art. The cultural symbolism surrounding the chili has even tied the pepper to Mao Zedong as revolutionary imagery, and it continues to be used in Chinese pop culture as a symbol of regional and national identity"-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Hot peppers -- China -- History.
Cooking (Hot peppers) -- China -- History.
Cooking, Chinese -- History.
Food habits -- China -- History.
COOKING -- Regional & Ethnic -- Chinese.
Cooking, Chinese. (OCoLC)fst01753278
Cooking (Hot peppers) (OCoLC)fst01753132
Food habits. (OCoLC)fst00930807
Hot peppers. (OCoLC)fst00961672
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
COOKING / History.
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Dott, Brian Russell. Chile pepper in China. New York : Columbia University Press, [2020] 9780231195324 (DLC) 2019038653
ISBN 0231551304
9780231551304 (electronic bk.)

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