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Jennifer Harouni Professor L. Ballerini Discussion 1C December 5, 2007 An Abundance of Hunger What was available in abundance for many was barely attainable for many others. Throughout its history, Italy’s economic conditions made it so that class and economic inequality existed and persisted. Gastronomic texts provide clues about the varying social orders, showing the different values that are given to different foods, thereby making it so that only certain people are entitled to certain foods. It soon became the belief that different ranks not only ate certain foods because of social status and economic causes, but also because of physiological need. One gastronomic text that works off of this topic is Johann von Bockenheim’s Registrum Coquine, which shows that different recipes were meant for different groups of people. Along with which nationality and profession a recipe is good for, Bockenheim has a category devoted to “the suitability of certain dishes based on rather elusive concepts such as position, rank, heritage and so on” (Food for the Bawdy 37). The fact that this recipe book, written during the 1400’s, categorizes in such a way, points to the definite existence of class separation. Yet,
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