Confessions of an Obsessive Textual Food Eater
This concluding chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. It argues that this book is not intended to be a reader's guide to gourmet “written food”—for although some types of food may be more popular than others, taste is relative and shifting. The book has sampled both ordinary and extraordinary textual food, some skillfully cooked and some presented more or less raw. Some depictions of food and eating are based closely on actual food or events, while others are totally or partly imagined. The most simple-looking food, moreover, may have a complex and delicate taste, and what is supposed to be a delicacy may in fact be tasteless, unsavory, or even inedible. What this book intends to be is a refutation of the long-held belief that Japanese literature is lacking in an interest in the food and appetites that abound in some other literatures such as those of France and China.
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