“Booking the Cooks: Literature and Gastronomy” by Ronald W. Tobin
Adopting a multidisciplinary approach called gastro-criticism that draws upon anthropology, sociology, semiotics, history, and literary studies, Ronald Tobin, Research Professor of French, UC Santa Barbara, elucidates the role of food, service, spectacle, diet, ingestion, and digestion in a number of works drawn from a variety of national literatures, from Greece and Rome through Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico and on to the United States. He concludes with specific reference to the seventeenth-century French comic dramatist Molière and his preoccupations with sexuality and power, pretense and pretentiousness, trickery and truth, self and society.
Ronald Tobin was a Fulbright Scholar at Université de Lille, France, in 1959-1960, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1962. In 2014 he was awarded La Médaille d’Or by the Renaissance française, French Ambassador’s Residence, Washington DC, and also awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, from St. Peter’s University. He was Knighted by the French Government as Commandeur, Order of Academic Palms in 2005. Tobin was a member of the Scientific Committee for the First International Food Design and Food Studies Conference in Portugal, in 2017. He is a Research Professor of French at UC Santa Barbara. He has written over two dozen academic books and editions, plus hundreds of articles, reviews, prefaces, etc., and has given over eighty lectures at prestigious institutions worldwide.