On Culinary Authenticity

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Recent discussions of culinary authenticity have focused on the problematic sociopolitical implications of Euro-Americans seeking authenticity in food perceived as ethnic. This article seeks to rehabilitate the concept of culinary authenticity. First, the author relates the issue of culinary authenticity to other philosophical debates concerning authenticity, arguing that the concept of authenticity is value-neutral. Second, a general theory of culinary authenticity making use of the theoretical apparatus of Kendall Walton's “Categories of Art” is developed and defended against objections. Third, a variety of reasons that authenticity is valued are discussed, with an emphasis on aesthetic reasons. Ultimately, the author acknowledges that some ways of valuing culinary authenticity are objectionable but argues that this should not lead us to abandon our interest in authenticity altogether.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-167
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019


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