Featuring entries written by international experts selected by a distinguished board of consulting editors, the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines will be the first truly comprehensive and authoritative international publication to survey every aspect of the world’s most varied culinary terrain. It showcases traditional food culture as well as the global diaspora, with scholarly depth but also offering inspiration to chefs and everyone interested in international cuisine. The five-volume encyclopedia will offer a treasure trove of food lore, food history, culinary concepts and techniques, dishes with their variations, and biographies of famous chefs, gourmets, and writers. Sustainability, food security, and food safety are also included, as vital issues for the global community today.

Advance Articles

The articles listed here have been accepted for publication in the forthcoming Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines. They have been peer-reviewed, copyedited, and reviewed by the author/s, and we would under normal circumstances be putting them into pages for a print edition. The closure of colleges and libraries during the pandemic has changed our plans, and of course delayed some of the work on the publication, which has contributions from experts around the world. We are therefore offering a sample of the new contents as Advance Articles at this website. Please refer to them as forthcoming, and if quoting or linking to them, ensure that you include the full citation.

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Beef in Chinese Cuisines

Author/s: Thomas David DUBOIS, Beijing Normal University

Citation: Cheung et al. (2022). Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing. Advance publication date as per post date.

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Keywords: beef; meat; restricted foods; northern cuisine; Beijing cuisine; fast food (McDonalds)

Abstract: Nearly ubiquitous in China today, beef was not always so popular. Unlike pork, beef was traditionally a highly regional taste. While people in northern cities like Beijing consumed large amounts of beef, those in many other areas considered the idea of eating beef to be disgusting and even immoral. As beef consumption grew during the twentieth century, cooks continued to develop techniques to accentuate and balance the natural qualities of the meat.

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Food in Chinese Poetry

Author/s: Alfreda MURCK, Columbia University

Citation: Cheung et al. (2022). Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing. Advance publication date as per post date.

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Abstract:Abstract: From antiquity, Chinese poets wrote about all aspects of food: its cultivation, its preparation, its prominence in celebrations, its importance in ancestral rites, its pleasures, and the pain of its absence. Poets contrasted lavish banquets with hunger and starvation; they crafted allegories and metaphors from food: an orange was compared to a virtuous man, bitter bamboo shoots were likened to frank criticism, and a pomegranate symbolized fertility.

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Ritual in Chinese Cuisines

Author/s: Miranda Brown, University of Michigan

Citation: Cheung et al. (2022). Berkshire Encyclopedia of Chinese Cuisines. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing. Advance publication date as per post date.

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Keywords: Ritual; ancestor worship; sacrifice; etiquette; social values; mourning; exorcism; ceremonies; holidays; festivals

Abstract: Food and drink have played a central role in Chinese religious and ceremonial life from ancient times to the present. The role of food and drink is conspicuous not only in terms of banquet and drinking etiquette, but also in a wide variety of religious practices observed throughout the Chinese-speaking world. These range from ancestral sacrifices, to the worship of deities, to the wearing of mourning to the observance of religious festivals and family holidays.

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