The term has been largely superseded by "
gourmet", which is also the older word, borrowed into English in 1820. An aristologist is likely to place great importance on the experience, skill, and artistic integrity of the chef, and disdain the use of cookbooks, ready-made ingredients, and other conveniences.
The word is derived from the Greek άριστον ("ariston"), meaning "
breakfast" or " lunch", and the suffix " -logy", connoting a systematic discipline. Its earliest attestation in the Oxford English Dictionarydates from 1835.
Edward Abbot, the author of the first
Australian cookbook ("Cooking for the Many", published 1864), described himself as "an Australian Aristologist".
The term has also been used in the mystery novels of American author
Rex Stout, whose corpulent protagonist, Nero Wolfe, has a couple of encounters with a society known as the Ten for Aristology, who in his eyes are fools as dining is an art and not a science.
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