The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities, and Meaning of Table Manners

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HarperPerennial Canada, 2008 - Cooking - 466 pages
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The author of the beloved Much Depends on Dinner turns her acute eye and irresistible wit from the foods we eat to the way in which we eat them. This is an exploration of our eating rituals - how we invite and seat people, how, and how much, we serve them, what we eat with and how the guests depart. Forks, which took eight centuries to become common utensils beside the plate, which itself began as a four-day-old slice of bread, provide a fascinating example of the evolution of social propriety.

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Once one knows what one is eating, what is the next logical step? To examine how one eats. That is the premise of this book, and although Visser's training may have been in Classics, she is really a ... Read full review

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I love reading about customs and etiquette. I often spend hours online reading about them. I was so excited about this book because the rituals of dinner sounds like a fascinating topic. It might have ... Read full review

Contents

BEHAVING
6
LEARNING TO BEHAVE
47
THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY
91
Copyright

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Margaret Visser is the author of three previous books: "Much Depends on Dinner", "Rituals of Dinner", & "The Way We Are". She lives in Barcelona.

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