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Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal

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A delightful and intelligent history of the food we eat. For food lovers of all kinds, this unexpectedly funny and serious book is a treasure of information, shedding light on one of our most favorite pastimes. Line drawings.

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Winning unanimous praise on its publication and now available in paperback from Grove Press, Much Depends on Dinner is a delightful and intelligent history of the food we eat. Presented as a meal, each chapter represents a different course or garnish. Borrowing from Byron's classic poem "Don Juan" for her title ("Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner"), writer Margaret Visser looks to the most ordinary American dinner for her subject - corn on the cob with butter and salt, roast chicken with rice, salad dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, and ice cream - submerging herself in the story behind each food. In this indulgent and perceptive guide we hear the history of Corn Flakes, why canned California olives are so unsatisfactory (they're picked green, chemically blackened, then sterilized), and the fact that in Africa, citrus fruit is eaten rind and all. For food lovers of all kinds, this unexpectedly funny and serious book is a treasure of information, shedding light on one of our most favorite pastimes.

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Bibliography: p. 323-337.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802136510
Subtitle:
The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal
Author:
Visser, Margaret
Publisher:
Grove Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
England
Subject:
Dinners and dining
Subject:
Aliments
Subject:
Habitudes alimentaires
Subject:
CKB101000
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
99/072
Publication Date:
19990901
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
BandW line drawings throughout
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17.5 oz

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking
History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture
History and Social Science » World History » General

Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal
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Product details 352 pages Grove Press - English 9780802136510 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Winning unanimous praise on its publication and now available in paperback from Grove Press, Much Depends on Dinner is a delightful and intelligent history of the food we eat. Presented as a meal, each chapter represents a different course or garnish. Borrowing from Byron's classic poem "Don Juan" for her title ("Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner"), writer Margaret Visser looks to the most ordinary American dinner for her subject - corn on the cob with butter and salt, roast chicken with rice, salad dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, and ice cream - submerging herself in the story behind each food. In this indulgent and perceptive guide we hear the history of Corn Flakes, why canned California olives are so unsatisfactory (they're picked green, chemically blackened, then sterilized), and the fact that in Africa, citrus fruit is eaten rind and all. For food lovers of all kinds, this unexpectedly funny and serious book is a treasure of information, shedding light on one of our most favorite pastimes.
"Synopsis" by , Bibliography: p. 323-337.
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