Mind Your Ps, Ask Your Qs: a review of The King’s Peas by Meredith Chilton





food culture, Enlightenment, dinnerware, material culture, colonialism



A book review of The King’s Peas by Meredith Chilton, the companion publication to the Gardiner Museum exhibition, Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment. See this issue of CFS/RCÉA for Jennifer O'Connor's review of Savour.

It is difficult not to like The King's Peas, the genteelly designed and generously produced 'cookbook' published as a companion to the Gardiner Museum's 2019-20 exhibition, Savour: Food Culture in the Age of Enlightenment. At the same time, however, it is also rather hard to like it uncritically, largely because of the celebration of power and colonialism that it represents.


Author Biography

David Szanto, Carleton University

David Szanto is a researcher, artist, and teacher, taking an experimental approach to gastronomy through design, ecology, and performance. Having previously taught at Concordia University, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, he is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Carleton Univeristy.




How to Cite

Szanto, D. (2020). Mind Your Ps, Ask Your Qs: a review of The King’s Peas by Meredith Chilton. Canadian Food Studies La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur l’alimentation, 7(2), 85–87. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v7i2.444



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