Educated Tastes: Food, Drink, and Connoisseur Culture

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Chapter Three
The Flavor of the Place

Eating and Drinking in Payottenland

TIM WATERMAN

In the time before the reign of products that are sorted, graded, carved,
prepackaged, and packaged in an anonymous form where only the
generic name attests their original nature, everything had flavour because
everything was dangerous.

Michel de Certeau, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol

The beauty that we see in the vernacular landscape is the image of our
common humanity: hard work, stubborn hope, and mutual forbearance
striving to be love. I believe that a landscape which makes these qualities
manifest is one that can be called beautiful.

John Brinckerhoff Jackson


Belgium: Flanders and Payottenland

The popular image of Flanders is of a flat and somewhat bland landscape. The north of Flanders does little to belie this stereotype. Driving south from Dunkirk, there is little topography, and what little exists is usually the result of human intervention rather than geology. The landscape also flattens out visually into the distance. Objects near and far are juxtaposed against one another

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