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If Europeana Sounds be the food of love…

Now that Europeana Sounds, Europeana Food and Drink’s sister project dedicated to sounds,  has aggregated over 300,000 sounds and nearly 200,000 audio-related objects, many different topics are covered – not just music but politics, culture, languages and wildlife. If you have a search for different types of food on Europeana Sounds, you certainly won’t be disappointed by the diverse material which comes up. Europeana Food and Drink is proud to share this guest post by our partner Europeana Sounds with you – because food can certainly be enjoyed in many different ways!

If Europeana Sounds be the food of love…

By Tom Miles, The British Library, Europeana Sounds. With images via Europeana Food and Drink

To celebrate the Easter period, we posted a blog about eggs in general and, in particular, Easter eggs. This blog post will be casting the net a little wider and will take a look at other foodstuffs. Let’s start by looking forward to “The old Sunday dinner”, a song from the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

At the Dinner Table by James Elliot. Hand-coloured stereograph, 1860s. Victoria and Albert Museum
At the Dinner Table by James Elliot. Hand-coloured stereograph, 1860s. Victoria and Albert Museum

And here’s an interview concerning coffee and croissants in Naples. You can find out more about making white puddings and haggis here. And the Howard University Choir treat us to a rendition of “Let us break bread together”.

For a taste of the more upmarket, the chef Michel Bourdin talks about turbot, quail eggs, crab bisque and more when he worked at the Connaught Hotel. And the Dungeness fisherman Mark Richardson talks about terms used for fish and shellfish across the fishing industry in the United Kingdom. Some names are the same throughout, but some change from region to region.

"Maria mit dem Jesukinde, den Missionaren das Brot reichend", Austrian National Library. "The Fish Seller", Nottingham City Museums and Galleries
“Maria mit dem Jesukinde, den Missionaren das Brot reichend”, Austrian National Library.The Fish Seller”, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

Lasagne, pasta, ravioli and brioche all get a mention, in this interview with a villager from Tende.

 Fàbrica de Pastas la Ideal, fotos de la publicitat pel programa de Festa Major, Generalitat de Catalunya. Arxiu Comarcal de l'Anoia
Fàbrica de Pastas la Ideal, fotos de la publicitat pel programa de Festa Major,
Generalitat de Catalunya. Arxiu Comarcal de l’Anoia

But, why take our word for it? Find out more for yourself! Just to get you started, we have nearly 200 references to breakfast… 60 references to supper… 440 references to dinner…  265 references to coffee…  and, finally, 677 references to tea… including everyone’s favourite food-based melody, “Tea for Two” – from Bing Crosby, Lester Young, Fats Waller and others.

If you find any more interesting food-related sounds, please do let us know!

All these recordings are shared through Europeana Sounds, ground-breaking project supported by the European Commission.  Launched beginning of 2014, Europeana Sounds aims at offering a much needed gateway to Europe’s sound and music heritage, ranging from music and radio programmes to spoken word, environment, and sound effects recordings.

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