Gastronomy, a Fine Art

Gastronomy is the study of the relationship between culture and food. It is often thought erroneously that the term gastronomy refers exclusively to the art of cooking (see Culinary Arts), but this is only a small part of this discipline; it cannot always be said that a cook is also a gourmet. Gastronomy studies various cultural components with food as its central axis. Thus it is related to the Fine Arts and Social Sciences, and even to the Natural Sciences in terms of the digestive system of the human body.

A gourmet’s principal activities involve discovering, tasting, experiencing, researching, understanding and writing about foods. Gastronomy is therefore an interdisciplinary activity. Good observation will reveal that around the food, there exist dance, dramatic arts, painting, sculpture, literature, architecture, and music; in other words, the Fine Arts. But it also involves physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, geology, agronomy, and also anthropology, history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The application of scientific knowledge to cooking and gastronomy has become known as molecular gastronomy


El Bulli to close for good

by Joe Warwick

For now …Ferran Adrià has told the New York Times he will transform El Bulli into a culinary academy. Isn’t that what it already is? 

Ferran Adrià has delivered a second killer blow to those still dreaming of securing a table at El Bulli, his restaurant on the north Catalan coast, feted for its creativity and cursed for being absurdly oversubscribed. Following Adrià’s shock announcement late last month that El Bulli was going to stop serving diners during 2012 and 2013 and would re-open in 2014, he’s now told the New York Times that El Bulli will, in fact, permanently cease to operate as a restaurant after December 2011 and be reborn as a cutting-edge academy for the world’s most talented cooks. There’s near-hysterical reaction to this “news” online from food lovers who never had a snowball in hell’s chance of getting there anyway, but before we start sobbing into a large bowl of savoury ice cream, the El Bulli books strewn with tissues and My Way on in the background, it’s perhaps time to first calm down and consider what’s actually going on.

Ferran Adrià at El Bulli. Photograph: Samuel Aranda/Getty Images


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