Recipes, Traditions, and Representation

In Patrik Engisch & Andrea Borghini (eds.), Philosophy of Recipes. Making, Experiencing, Valuing. London: Bloomsbury (forthcoming)

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Patrik Engisch
University of Fribourg
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Do recipes and their instances, i.e. dishes, have any representational power? This is vexed question in the philosophy of food. In this paper, I take a fresh look on the issue by means of a theory of recipes. I argue that once a certain conception of recipes is in place, complemented by a certain conception of traditions, it becomes plausible that certain recipes, traditional ones, and their instances, traditional dishes, can be said to represent past living conditions. Hence, at some some food items experiences could be said to genuinely possess a representational dimension.
Keywords Recipes  Traditions  Representation  Food
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