Definition of gastronomy in English:



  • 1The practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.

    • ‘If astronomy can be recognised in this way, he argues passionately, then gastronomy should be.’
    • ‘This alone would have been dessert of course, and I just had a little taste of each with sips of my coffee, relinquishing the rest as a humble offering to the gods of gastronomy.’
    • ‘The doors of gastronomy opened upon new horizons.’
    • ‘Because it's laid out by ingredient, and Stephanie knows so much about the history and uses of food, it's like reading a story of gastronomy.’
    • ‘Escoffier and his famous Ritz-Carlton establishments played a role in taking gastronomy out of the palaces, but it was undoubtedly WWI, the Depression and WWII that cemented the fate of the royal cook.’
    • ‘A string of such venues opened a few years ago when the Paris food scene realized with a start that gastronomy did not stop at the Pyrenées - all things Iberian have been riding that trendy wave ever since.’
    • ‘He has a very great understanding of the civilising influence of gastronomy.’
    • ‘It will be a visitor centre at the cutting edge of architecture, combining gastronomy with fine wine.’
    • ‘What is unusual about Italy in general is that a visit here is more about culture, history, gastronomy and people than sun worship, so it is to be hoped that the area can avoid the worst excesses of tourism development.’
    • ‘One wonders how doctors reacted to the transformation of restaurants from outlets for bland, healthful fare to centres of gastronomy and gluttony.’
    • ‘This was the first age of gastronomy - when for the first time a chef became a celebrity.’
    • ‘The rest of the sports library gets shorter shrift; judged collectively, sports books have been viewed as making the kind of contribution to literature that fig rolls have to gastronomy.’
    • ‘As the first restaurant chef to create menus in which each dish is served with a specially selected wine, he is a firm believer in the idea that true gastronomy should be a marriage of food and drink.’
    • ‘So too, timing is of the essence in matters of both sexuality and that other most real connection with physicality, all the pleasures associated with the art of gastronomy.’
    • ‘Some of the articles provide us with information about promotional events while others discuss superfluously organic wine, the history of gastronomy and brewing, and gives a portrait of a small brewery.’
    • ‘In France film has always been considered as integral to the culture as art, literature, music, gastronomy or political debate.’
    • ‘Nor can we dismiss as trivial the part that gastronomy and other social conventions associated with feasting play in the civilizing of the human animal.’
    • ‘Rather than being an ordinary ornithology textbook, this tome will delve into, among other things, folklore, superstition, social history, poetry, art, gastronomy, and linguistics.’
    • ‘The role of regional produce, the aspirations of the modern restaurant guest and the effect of this new gastronomy on the French fatherland are debated during the first three days of the festival.’
    • ‘Far from being champions of a brave new world of gastronomy, we consume more junk food than the rest of Europe put together.’
    1. 1.1 The cooking of a particular area.
      ‘traditional American gastronomy’
      • ‘It explores America's culinary heritage, the trends and technologies that shaped our gastronomy.’
      • ‘Steak and kidney pie is but one of the many contributions to world gastronomy from the traditional cuisine of Great Britain.’
      • ‘The new university curriculum will include a Stage programme on the science, nutrition, history, culture and gastronomy of Irish food.’
      • ‘The vision of a land where hunger seemed to be unknown drew people of many lands and cultures to these shores, where they enriched American gastronomy.’
      • ‘Would it be another pathetic attempt by a local conglomerate to create yet another monument to French gastronomy by putting sad shriveled up escargots on the menu?’
      • ‘The gastronomy of the area, with its traditional Provencal cuisine, is exceptional, even for a country known for the superb quality of its food.’
      • ‘This is, of course, far from the only reason to venture overseas and there are many areas with diverse culture, geography, history and gastronomy that draw Irish visitors overseas.’
      • ‘But nearby there are also restaurants associated with some of the biggest names in French gastronomy.’
      • ‘For me, it was his fascination with combining sweet and salty flavours that served him best, something more often seen in traditional Thai gastronomy.’
      • ‘His original idea was to offer a selection of traditional French gastronomy.’
      • ‘You'll be able to experience the beauty, charm, history and gastronomy of Europe without stress or strain.’
      • ‘He sent a local chef abroad to learn Greek gastronomy for four months to satisfy his and other fans' craving for Greek food.’
      • ‘These days, of course, it is not so much foreign gastronomy that is a mystery as what goes on with food produced under our very noses.’
      • ‘And this diet, which would kill anybody but a pre-teen girl with a stomach of steel, left me with an eternal fondness for these three staples of the English gastronomy.’
      • ‘More significantly, the future of French gastronomy itself, from high to low, from haute cuisine to small traders and producers, is an issue made pertinent by increasing EU regulations.’


Early 19th century: from French gastronomie, from Greek gastronomia, alteration of gastrologia (see gastro-, -logy).