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Shushipu 疏食譜 "Notes on Simple Food"


The Shushipu 疏食譜 "Notes on simple food" is a book on diet written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Chen Dasou 陳達叟. He came from Qingzhang清漳 (modern Feixiang 肥鄉, Hebei), but nothing is known about his life, and not even who he was. His name is only mentioned in Wang Shixian's 汪士賢 book Shanju zazhi 山居雜誌 from the Ming period 明 (1368-1644), and in the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) bibliography Qianqingtang shumu 千頃堂書目. Because it is included in Zuo Jia's 左圭 collectaneum Baichuan xuehai 百川學海 from the Song period there is no doubt that the text dates from that period of time. In this edition Chan Dasou is called a student in the Shanyou Academy 友善書堂, and it might therefore be that he is only the compiler, and not the real "author" of the content. The Shushipu lists 20 recipes of dishes, in a very refined and elegant language, but these recipes are rather poetic than practical, because there are virtually no quantities provided. The bibliography Qianqingtang shumu writes 蔬食譜, which would mean "Notes on vegetarian food", while shushi 疏食 means "coarse" or "simple" diet. The book is also to be found in the collectaneum Shuofu 說郛.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, vol. 2, p. 1862. Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe.
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