I can be quite fussy when it comes to food and this understanding that we have when it comes to gastronomics
, is one of the things that has kept my marriage, I would say, quite healthy.
Indeed, despite the Amazons' and Greeks' uncomprehending condemnation, Penthesilea is far from "mad" when she links gastronomics and sexuality, for the two are repeatedly linked in the gender paradigm explored here.
Portraying woman's sexual appetites in canine terms conflates sexual and gastronomic appetitivity; Penthesilea's sexual pursuit of Achilles resembles that of a predator on the hunt: "No grim-eyed she-wolf can select her prey / And track it down, not with such hunger-heat / Through forests decked with snow, as does this maid / Pursue Achilles through our serried ranks" (10).
Sexual, gastronomic, and intellectual appetite are all linked via their association with the mouth.
Carus's description brings together gastronomic and sexual desires when he notes that the "[c]onsumption of high-nutrient and at the same time heat-generating food and drink [.
Yet Penthesilea confuses not only generic violence with sexuality, or speech with sexuality, but also gastronomic hunger, that other taboo feminine appetite.
He also has his heroine suggest that the act is not so absurd as his contemporaries would believe, for sexual and gastronomic desire share common bodily and metaphorical ground:
In making Achilles the object of her aesthetic, sexual, and gastronomic appreciation, she subverts the gender hierarchy inherent in eighteenth-century aesthetics.
Raised in a family that rarely ate out, Blumenthal considers his first Michelin starred restaurant experience as life changing: "My parents (who won't thank me for the next part of this statement) weren't gastronomics and never really went out to eat -- they weren't particularly interested in food or wine.
To open a gastronomic restaurant in London doesn't make financial sense unless perhaps it's a brasserie attached to a hotel.