Table Comes First Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

ISBN-10: 0307476960
ISBN-13: 9780307476968
Edition: N/A
Authors: Adam Gopnik
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Description: Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing—“Youstilleat meat?” With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing—“Youstilleat meat?” With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff of secular seeking and transcendence, finding heaven in a mouthful. But have we come any closer to discovering the true meaning of food in our lives? With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey in search of that meaning as he charts America’s recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes. It is a journey that begins in eighteenth-century France—the birthplace of our modern tastes (and, by no coincidence, of the restaurant)—and carries us to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. To understand why so many of us apparently live to eat, Gopnik delves into the most burning questions of our time, including: Should a Manhattanite bother to find chicken killed in the Bronx? Is a great vintage really any better than a good bottle of wine? And: Why does dessert matter so much? Throughout, he reminds us of a time-honored truth often lost amid our newfound gastronomic pieties and certitudes: What goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table—the scene of families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board. This, ultimately, is who we are. Following in the footsteps of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Adam Gopnik gently satirizes the entire human comedy of the comestible as he surveys the wide world of taste that we have lately made our home.The Table Comes Firstis the delightful beginning of a new conversation about the way we eat now.From the Hardcover edition.

Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate and is a contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. His most recent book is Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln and Modern Life, a comparison about how those men changed our nation with their history-making actions.

A Small Starter: Questions of Food
Coming to the Table
Who Made the Restaurant?
What's the Recipe?
E-mail to Elizabeth Pennell: Anchovies, Bacon, Lamb
Choosing at the Table
How Does Taste Happen?
E-Mail to Elizabeth Pennell: Lamb, Saffron, Cinnamon
Meat or Vegetables?
E-Mail to Elizabeth Pennell: Chicken, Pudding, Dogs
Near or Far?
E-Mail to Elizabeth Pennell: Salt, Pork, Mustard
Talking at the Table
In Vino Veritas?
E-Mail to Elizabeth Pennell: Potatoes, Steak, Air
What Do We Write About When We Write About Food?
What Do We Imagine When We Imagine Food?
E-Mail to Elizabeth Pennell: Rice, Milk, Sugar
Leaving the Table
Paris at Last
E-Mail to Elizabeth Pennell: Salmon, Broccoli, Repentance
Endings
Last E-Mailto Elizabeth Pennell
Reading on the Way Home

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