Collapse Vol. VII: Culinary Materialism
July 2011
Editors: Reza Negarestani and Robin Mackay
Paperback 115x175mm, 631pp. Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies
ISBN 978-0-9553087-9-6

Now available in a new reissued edition

About this Volume

Is it possible to maintain that cookery has a philosophical pertinence without merely appending philosophy to our burgeoning gastroculture? How might the everyday sense of the culinary be expanded into a culinary materialism wherein synthesis, experimentation, and operations of mixing and blending take precedence over analysis, subtraction and axiomatisation?

Drawing on resources ranging from anthropology to chemistry, from hermetic alchemy to contemporary mathematics, Collapse VII: Culinary Materialism undertakes a trans-modal experiment in culinary thinking, excavating the cultural, industrial, physiological, chemical and even cosmic grounds of cookery, and proposing new models of culinary thought for the future.

The original numbered edition of this volume is now sold out; the volume is now available in a new reissued edition.

Contents

ROBIN MACKAY & REZA NEGARESTANI
Editorial Introduction [PDF]
IAIN HAMILTON GRANT
The Chemical Paradigm (Interview)
JOHN GERRARD & MICHAEL A. MORRIS
Corn Bomb: An Extended History of Nitrogen
FIELDCLUB
Whey To Go: On the Hominid Appropriation of the Pig-Function
RICK DOLPHIJN
The New Alimentary Continuum
MANABRATA GUHA
Vague Weaponizations, or The Chemistry of Para-Tactical Engagements
CAROL GOODDEN
FOOD and the City (Interview)
AO&
Where's the Edge of the Pot? (Interview)
JOHN COCHRAN
Object-Oriented Cookery
RICHARD WRANGHAM
Reason in the Roasting of Eggs
VANINA LESCHZINER AND ANDREW DAKIN
Theorizing Cuisine from Medieval to Modern Times: Cognitive Structures, the Biology of Taste, and Culinary Conventions
SEAN DAY
The Human Sensoria and a Synaesthetic Approach to Cooking
JEREMY MILLAR
Black Cake (A Recipe for Emily Dickinson, for Emily Dickinson)
DAN AND NANDITA MELLAMPHY
Ec[h]ologies of the Désêtre
EDUARDO VIVEIROS DE CASTRO
The Metaphysics of Predation
EUGENE THACKER
Spiritual Meat: Resurrection and Religious Horror in Bataille
DOROTHÉE LEGRAND
Ex-Nihilo: Forming a Body Out of Nothing
FERNANDO ZALAMEA
Analytical Jelly and Transmodern Tatin
GABRIEL CATREN
On Philosophical Alchimery, Or Why All Chimeric Compositions are Philosophical Stones


APPENDIX OF RECIPES
Compiled by the editors

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