The discursive construction of class and lifestyle: Celebrity chef cookbooks in post-socialist Slovenia
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Tominc, A. (2017) The discursive construction of class and lifestyle: Celebrity chef cookbooks in post-socialist Slovenia. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture; 75). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.
This book discusses transformations in the construction of culinary taste, lifestyle and class through cookbook language style in post-socialist Slovenia. Using a critical discourse studies approach it demonstrates how the representation of culinary advice in standard and celebrity cookbooks has changed in recent decades as a result of general social transformations such as postmodernity and globalization. It argues that compared to the standard cookbooks, where nutritionist ideology is at the forefront, the celebrity cookbooks reflect the conversational, hybrid nature of the genre, through which they promote global foodie discourse, while at the same time localizing the global trends to the Slovene context. The book lays at the intersection of discourse analysis, sociology, food, cultural, communication and media studies and (post-) socialism and should be of interest to those interested in celebrities, food media, socialism and post-socialism, cookbooks, globalization and discourse change.