Changing Rice Bowl: Economic Development and Diet in China by Elizabeth Leppman

By Elizabeth Leppman

The e-book offers with an issue of perennial curiosity to chinese language and non-Chinese alike: chinese language meals. chinese language tradition is phenomenally food-oriented, and non-Chinese are excited about what chinese language humans in China really consume, as contrasted with foodstuff in ever-popular chinese language restaurants.

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1987: 203). While P. miliaceum has not undergone such testing, its drought resistance is well known (Ho, 1969: 16). Ho Ping-ti (1969) argues effectively that both The Chinese Dietary Regime 33 are indigenous to the Zhongyuan. ) and the Han dynasties. In the northern lands, it continued as the staple through the time of the Liaojin. Although today it is not usually a staple, it continues to be grown as a dry-field crop, especially in the north. , 1987: 203). Rich in Vitamin Bj and containing Vitamin A, it is a popular food for women after childbirth.

Archaeological remains also have yielded fried sweet cakes of wheat flour (probably something like doughnuts) and dumplings with wheat-flour wrappers (jiaozi and huntun). A "Brahman cake" was made of steamed wheat paste (Schafer, 1977). 34 Changing Rice Bowl: Economic Development and Diet in China During the Song dynasty, wheat continued to gain in popularity as the technology introduced during the Tang dynasty became more established (Anderson, 1988). Noodles made from wheat became a common staple for both rich and poor (Raichlen, 1992), although the story that the Chinese invented noodles and Marco Polo took the idea back to Italy is apocryphal.

Foodways, along with other culture traits, change over time. According to Larry Naylor's (1996) model of culture change, innovation begins when there is an interaction with the environment and the realization that current adaptations are, in some way, deficient. New responses, through innovation 26 Changing Rice Bowl: Economic Development and Diet in China or discovery, are devised and then passed along through interpersonal interaction to others. Most cultural change today is directed change, initiated by some person or group external to the proposed acceptors, or target group.

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