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Zhuanshi 饌史 "A History of Food"


The Zhuanshi 饌史 "A history of food" is a short book compiled by an unknown person at an unknown date. It is sometimes said that it was written during the Yuan period 元 (1279-1368), but there is no proof for this statemen. The short book is a miscellaneous collection of quotations about food from various books like Youyang zazu 酉陽雜俎, Dongjing menghua lu 東京夢華錄 and Wulin jiushi 武林舊事. The stories in the Zhuanshi are quite common and not very rare. The whole composition is furthermore quite confuse and by no means a "history" of food in China. Some stories even have nothing to do with diet at all. It was therefore not included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書, but it can be found in the Xuehai leibian 學海類編.

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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