Les cadeaux alimentaires dans le Sud-Ouest aquitain au XVIIe siècle : sociabilité, pouvoirs et gastronomie

Abstract : During the 18th century, food gifts are a widespread social practice throughout the South-West France. As New Year's gifts they contribute each year, to support family, friendship and professional networks. Likewise, they play a role in the complex precedence system of Old Regime France. Protection networks of cities take shape through the study of the political role of food gifts. Towns use donations of wine, pie or ham to obtain favours from powerful persons (ministers, intendants, governors). Some products of the Aquitaine cooking are known and popular in Bordeaux, Paris and Versailles. Then routinely offered, Mediterranean wines, sugar, turkeys garnished with truffes and Bordeaux wines testify of a regional food culture as a mix of regional settling and external influence. On the verge of the French Revolution, characterized by an ease for preservation and haulage, these presents at the instance of confit and salt meat take part especially in the growing renown of the Aquitaine gastronomy
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Philippe Meyzie. Les cadeaux alimentaires dans le Sud-Ouest aquitain au XVIIe siècle : sociabilité, pouvoirs et gastronomie. Histoire, économie et société, Armand Colin, 2006, 25 (1), pp.33-50. ⟨10.3406/hes.2006.2579⟩. ⟨hal-02264310⟩

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