This chapter discusses prevailing 18th-century contradictions in beliefs about food. One of these is the matter of culinary skill and courtly luxury, and the other is sobriety and reform. The conditions which brought about these contradictions specifically occurred from 1675 up to 1760. The chapter demonstrates the distinct ways of life that are linked to specific moral, political, and health claims. This chapter also discusses discourses that were then made available to a literate polite public of readers and eaters.
Keywords: food, culinary skill, courtly luxury, moral claims, health claims, eaters, iatromechanists