Vol. 23 (2020): Cromohs
Mobilizing Otherness/Alterity Across Time and Space

Remarks on Foreignness in Eighteenth-Century German Cookbooks

David Do Paço
Sciences Po
Cover image Cromohs 23, 2020, background: Jan Gossaert, Portrait of a Merchant, ca. 1530, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, National Gallery of Art. Open access image
Published March 24, 2021
  • Holy Roman Empire,
  • Food history,
  • Intellectual history,
  • Circulation,
  • cookbooks,
  • Foreignness,
  • Foreigners,
  • integration,
  • early modern europe
  • ...More
How to Cite
Do Paço, D. (2021). Remarks on Foreignness in Eighteenth-Century German Cookbooks. Cromohs - Cyber Review of Modern Historiography, 23, 44-59. https://doi.org/10.36253/cromohs-12198


This article analyses how food, recipes, and techniques and manners introduced as foreign were integrated in eighteenth-century German cookbooks. Doing so it intends to transfer a methodology recently developed in social history to history of food in order to get a better understanding of how eighteenth-century European societies defined foreignness. It claims that cookbooks should be considered as topographies of the table and presents the Holy Roman Empire as a particularly rich field of study for history of circulation in the early modern world.