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Gastronomy is something like the distilled delineation of all elements that provide the highest standard of nourishment.   I'd propose "satisfaction" as it pertains to the ritual of eating.  19th Century gastronome  Grimod de la Reynière documents the choicest ingredients by season and location in his expansive and infinitely charming "Almanach des Gourmands", followed by Brillat-Savarin's epicurean treatise on gustatory aphorisms.  Both are founding experts in the matter.

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There are various dictionary definition of the word, all centering around the preparation, study and enjoyment of food. The definitions vary a lot, suggesting that gastronomy is an imprecise term that in one way or another is food-related. 

 

Gastronomy is, after all, astronomy with a G. Astronomy derives ultimately from Greek and means “star law” , so I guess at least in its derivation, gastronomy involves the rules and principles of cooking. 

 

Maybe not. 

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1 hour ago, gfweb said:

There are various dictionary definition of the word, all centering around the preparation, study and enjoyment of food. The definitions vary a lot, suggesting that gastronomy is an imprecise term that in one way or another is food-related. 

 

Gastronomy is, after all, astronomy with a G. Astronomy derives ultimately from Greek and means “star law” , so I guess at least in its derivation, gastronomy involves the rules and principles of cooking. 

 

Maybe not. 

 

And here I thought if referred to enjoyment of foods that were carminative.  Or as Nigel Slater says, for the not easily embarrassed.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, gfweb said:

There are various dictionary definition of the word, all centering around the preparation, study and enjoyment of food. The definitions vary a lot, suggesting that gastronomy is an imprecise term that in one way or another is food-related. 

 

Gastronomy is, after all, astronomy with a G. Astronomy derives ultimately from Greek and means “star law” , so I guess at least in its derivation, gastronomy involves the rules and principles of cooking. 

 

Maybe not. 

 

Maybe not indeed. Gastronomy is derived from the  Greek γαστρ(ο)-, γαστήρ meaning "stomach', so it is 'stomach law'.

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16 hours ago, liuzhou said:

 

Maybe not indeed. Gastronomy is derived from the  Greek γαστρ(ο)-, γαστήρ meaning "stomach', so it is 'stomach law'.

 

pretty much what I said, no?

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