Cooking the Past: Traditionalism in Czech Culinary Magazines

  • Michal Bočák


This chapter examines the contemporary Czech foodscape, especially its media, from a discursive perspective. After description of the Czech culinary press, it analyses the formation of discourse of culinary tradition in gourmet magazines Apetit, Gurmet and F.O.O.D. Traditionalism tries to renew and legitimate the national cuisine and identity after the fall of socialism and preserve them in the age of globalisation and consumerism. The renaissance of Czech gastronomy is based on searching for its pre-socialist “roots”, nostalgically referring to “golden age” of “honest” cooking. Culinary traditionalism also uses family as its medium, glorifying the grandmothers’ dishes and building ones’ culinary genealogies.


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  • Michal Bočák
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  1. 1.Department of Communication and Media Studies, Institute of Slovak and Media Studies, Faculty of ArtsUniversity of PrešovPrešovSlovakia

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