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Sociology, Ethnology, Cultural and economic geography, Interdisciplinary, History, Folklore studies

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Mac Con Iomaire, M. (2011). Culinary voices: perspectives from Dublin restaurants. Oral History. Spring 2011, pp.65-78.


Despite growing interest in culinary history and gastronomy in the last three decades, the use of oral history within the culinary field remains in an embryonic stage. By discussing the strength of oral history, particularly when triangulated with other sources, and surveying some food related projects, the article focuses on the power of oral history to capture the life experiences of chefs, waiters, restaurateurs and diners. The article calls on curators of culinary libraries to build oral history archives which can be accessed electronically.