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Let the Meatballs RestAnd Other Stories About Food and Culture$
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Massimo Montanari

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157339

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157339.001.0001

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Things and Ideas

Things and Ideas

Chapter:
(p.1) One Things and Ideas
Source:
Let the Meatballs Rest
Author(s):

Massimo Montanari

, Beth Archer Brombert
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157339.003.0001

This chapter discusses the philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach's adage, “Man is what he eats,” in drawing culinary associations with the larger philosophical entities of matter, form, and substance. While proclaiming the supremacy of matter as the only true reality, Feuerbach thus declares simultaneously that this matter contains the ideas, thoughts, and culture of man. A playful inversion on Feuerbach's philosophy, “Man eats what he is,” means that food, on which man's identity depends, is not merely nutritional, but a reality rich in values, symbols, and meanings elaborated by the men and women who produced and prepared this food—in a word, a cultural reality.

Keywords:   Ludwig Feuerbach, cultural reality, culinary associations, culture, matter, identity

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