The History of Chinese Food! Images from The Land of the Five Flavors

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.

The Land of Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture
After-dinner nap (scroll painting attributed to Lu Yao, ninth century)

The Land of Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture
Fruit vendor (propaganda poster, 1978)

The Land of Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture
Large kitchen (stone relief, second century)

The Land of Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture
Watermelon vendor (watercolor, around 1870)

The Land of Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture
Spring Banquet (painting, unknown artist, twelfth century)

The Land of Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture
Serving drinks (stone engraving, 632)

The Land of Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture
Rooftop banquet (book illustration, 1801)

The Land of Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Culture
Service with a smile (propaganda poster, 1983)

3 Responses

  1. Food so good.. that Marco Polo just had to stick around.. since he knew.. he’d not be able to order carry-out for another few hundred years! 🙂

  2. Thank you very much for sharing this useful information. I was doing a project and for that I was looking for related information. Some of the points are very useful. Do share some more material if you have.

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