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The New Nutrition Culture among the Urban Tatar (Late 19th – Early 20th Centuries)

Type of publication: Research Article

About author(s)

Liliia Gabdrafikova | bahetem@mail.ru | Sh. Marjani Institute of History of Tatarstan Academy of Sciences


nutrition, everyday life, modernization, tatar, islamurban culture, bourgeois society, ethnic cuisine


Changes in the nutrition system are one of the elements characterizing the transformation of Tatar’s traditional society at the turn of the 19th–20th centuries. There appeared new products in the diet and dishes from other ethnic cuisines; interiors of dining rooms and utensils changed. The changes were substantially influenced by the development of restaurant business in Russia. There functioned Muslim dining rooms. Among other novel things were culinary training courses for women and the publication of the cookbook. Some fast food priorities emerged among the student youth. Children’s and parents’ preferences in regard to food could be different. Everyday nuances reflected the ideological contradictions that spread through the Tatar society at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries.


Gabdrafikova, L.R. 2013. The New Nutrition Culture among the Urban Tatar (Late 19th – Early 20th Centuries). Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 2: 138-149

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