|| In 1972, Mr. Tang Lu-Sun’s prose, entitled “ My Gourmetical Experience in Peking”, caused quite a stir among readers. From 1976 to 1983,his writings were approximately one million words, making him a prolific writer. 70 percent of his writings are devoted to foods, while the other 30 deal with folk anecdotes. His writings are not only first-class and unique in quality but also plentiful in quantity. He can be said a master of essays in the history of modern Chinese literature. His writings on gourmetical arts and nostalgia were constantly released in twelve volumes. He is the pioneer writer of gourmetical literature. Mr. Tang traveled around the world and made a lot of friends. His experiences in culinary arts, coupled with his unequaled insights, were converted into vivid narrations. However, it is a pity that his writings are not studied in a systematic way. Therefore, I, based on the existing materials, study Mr. Tang’s works in my thesis entitled “ A Study of Tang Lu-Sun’s Gourmetical Writings” to reorganize and sort his works for foods.
The thesis is divided into six chapters. The first chapter is a brief introduction of my motivation, research coverage and the materials I cite. The second chapter, “The Gourmetical Writings in Peking” consists of four parts: “ rice cuisine”, “ pasta”, “ tea time refreshments”, “ fruits and vegetables” to discuss the unique perspectives on Mr. Tang’s hometown cuisine. The third chapter, “ The Gourmentical Writings All Around The World” comprises three parts: “ Delicacies from The Air”, “Delicacies in The Water”, “Delicacies on The Land”, explores Mr. Tang’s reviews and essays based on his traveling experiences. The subsequent chapter, “ Fine Foods in Court And Festivities”, reveals Mr. Tang’s detailed description of royal and festival foods with the following four parts: “ Royal Delicacies”, “ The Manchu & Han Imperial Feast”, “ Chinese Festive Delicacies” and “The Confluence of Delicacies”. “ Cuisine Allusions” and “ Therapeutic Effects of Foods” make up chapter five, which reveals the unknown historical allusions, anecdotes and therapeutic effects behind each delicacy. The final is the conclusion. Through Tang Lu-Sun’s gourmetical writings, beyond Taiwan and China we can have a glimpse of Chinese northerners’ varieties of foods, culinary habits and their insistence on dietary principles from Qing Dynasty to contemporary times.