noun \-mē\

: the art or activity of cooking and eating fine food

Full Definition of GASTRONOMY

:  the art or science of good eating
:  culinary customs or style
gas·tro·nom·ic \ˌgas-trə-ˈnä-mik\ also gas·tro·nom·i·cal \-mi-kəl\ adjective
gas·tro·nom·i·cal·ly \ˌgas-trə-ˈnä-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of GASTRONOMY

  1. books about wine tasting and gastronomy


French gastronomie, from Greek Gastronomia, title of a 4th century b.c. poem, from gastro- gastr- + -nomia -nomy
First Known Use: 1814

Rhymes with GASTRONOMY


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Art of selecting, preparing, serving, and enjoying fine food. Two early centres of gastronomy were China (from the 5th century BC) and Rome, the latter noted for the excess and ostentation of its banquets. The foundations of modern Western gastronomy were laid during the Renaissance, particularly in Italy and France. The influential grande cuisine of France reached its apex in the works of Marie-Antoine Carême and Auguste Escoffier. Regardless of regional differences in cuisine, a primary consideration in food preparation is freshness. Others include complementarity or opposition of taste, contrast of textures, and overall appearance, including colour harmony and accent. See also nouvelle cuisine.


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