Journal article

A Recipe for a Modern Nation: Miguel Primo de Rivera and Spanish Food Culture

L Anderson

Revista de Estudios Hispánicos | John Hopkins University Press | Published : 2018


This article examines Primo de Rivera's recipe for a modern nation through an analysis of food texts that were both reflective and formative of his vision for modernization. Through a close reading of a number of key culinary texts of the period, I demonstrate how authors became caught up in Primo de Rivera's agenda whether their texts were commissioned by the government or not. The writers considered here—Dionisio Pérez (1872-1935), Gregorio Marañón (1887-1960), and Ignacio Doménech (1874-1956)—each used food as a medium for social and economic regeneration, with an emphasis on top-down policy and agenda-setting. This was achieved in a variety of ways, from advocating the consumption of loc..

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