Synopses & Reviews
With an acute eye and an irrepressible wit, Margaret Visser takes a fascinating look at the way we eat our meals. From the ancient Greeks to modern yuppies, from cannibalism and the taking of the Eucharist to formal dinners and picnics, she thoroughly defines the eating ritual.
"Read this book. You'll never look at a table knife the same way again."—The New York Times.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -416) and index.
Table of Contents
The Artificial Cannibal
Feasting and Sacrifice
2. Learning to Behave
Bringing Children Up
3. The Pleasure of Your Company
Hosts and Guests
Coming Right In
Taking Our Places
4. Dinner is Served
The First Bite
Taking Note of Our Surroundings
The Prospect Before Us
Knives, Forks, Spoons
The Red, the White, and the Gold
Feeding, Feasts, and Females
5. No Offence
The Rules and Regulation of the Mouth
The Proprieties of Posture and Demeanour
Postscript: How Rude Are We?