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Sounds Delicious: A historical anthropology of listening and sound in Danish and French cooking


The Sounds Delicious project investigates how sound and listening function in different culinary traditions in Denmark and France. The project aims to construct a new interdisciplinary dialogue between Sound Studies and Food Studies that will enrich how we study everyday cooking processes and the gustatory. This study questions how we construct cultural histories of cooking. I suggest that dominant research paradigms based on alphanumeric and visual epistemic practices (words, images, measurements) are insufficient for fully understanding the particular components and choreography of a cook’s practice—and what cooking relates about personal histories and larger social and cultural tendencies. In adopting an aural perspective of the kitchen, I engage alternative methods of perceiving evidence, and I revisit approaches of documentation, analysis and communication of the everyday. In this project sound and sonic practices are both research object and research method—both matter and medium. Sound is used to trace, analyse, even reenact different performances of cooking. I will establish a new corpus of examples documenting sound and aural perception in Danish and French kitchens between the 19th and 21st centuries. In working with a varied set of historical and anthropological tools, I will not only identify sounds in cooking, but introduce performances of cooking in relation to other histories of sonic and sensory knowing.


Net EU contribution
€ 200 194,80
1165 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 200 194,80