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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User Review  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

The first book that comes to mind on this topic is by Norbert Elias. In this work the author shows how civilization developed rituals around eating. It is in this vein that the book was written about ... Read full review

THE RITUALS OF DINNER: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities, and Meaning of Table Manners

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In Much Depends on Dinner (1987), Visser drew on domestic and natural history, cultural anthropology, and personal observation for a fluent, free-ranging, item-by-item discussion of the separate foods ... 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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