gastronomy

Gastronomy is all about food — the study of food, the history of food, making good food — how we have come to eat what we eat.

Despite appearances, gastronomy has nothing to do with gas (although if you eat a great deal of rich food from France, which is where we get the word, it may lead to the intestinal discomfort known as gas). Gastronomy concerns itself with the culture of your belly, gastro, in ancient Greek. In France, where they take their food very seriously, they have an entire academy devoted to the study of gastronomy, or gastronomie — as they say.

Definitions of gastronomy
  1. noun
    the art and practice of choosing and preparing and eating good food
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    type of:
    art, artistic creation, artistic production
    the creation of beautiful or significant things
  2. noun
    a particular style of cookery (as of a region)
    “New England gastronomy
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    type of:
    cuisine, culinary art
    the practice or manner of preparing food or the food so prepared
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