From propaganda posters to depictions of festive banquets (and their aftermath), The Land of the Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture by Thomas Hollmann and translated by Karen Margolis, captures the rich history of Chinese food and its centrality to Chinese culture.
Below are images from the book and for more on the book, you can also read the chapter Rice Doesn’t Rain from Heaven.
After-dinner nap (scroll painting attributed to Lu Yao, ninth century)
Fruit vendor (propaganda poster, 1978)
Large kitchen (stone relief, second century)
Watermelon vendor (watercolor, around 1870)
Spring Banquet (painting, unknown artist, twelfth century)
Serving drinks (stone engraving, 632)
Rooftop banquet (book illustration, 1801)
Service with a smile (propaganda poster, 1983)