Food Maps – 1/22/20

Gastronomy can be defined as the study of the relationship between food and culture, the art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetizing food, the cooking styles of particular regions, and the science of good eating. [Wikipedia]. Though origins of gastronomy back to the French reign of Louis XIV, the term can be used for any country or region. The classic art of carte gastronomique — a map summarizing a country by its locally sourced food products — dates back to a delicately illustrated map from 1809. It depicts the various cheese, sausage, livestock, fish and wine from various regions in France. Read more about it here on AtlasObscura.

Though France may be the most popular country to be represented by gastronomic maps, it is definitely not the only one. Since 1809, mapmakers around the world still use maps to great effect, to show off the culinary delights of countries, states, cities, towns and even neighborhoods. Today these kinds of maps are more popularly called foodie maps, culinary maps, food tour maps or food trail maps; the same kinds of maps are also used for drinks like beer and wine. I recently created this map of Milwaukee’s most famous frozen custard stands. What better way to celebrate and promote a place than to show off the tastes which make it great!