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

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ISBN-10: 0307593452

ISBN-13: 9780307593450

Edition: 2011

Authors: Adam Gopnik

List price: $25.95
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From the author of Paris to the Moon-one man's quest for the meaning of food in a time obsessed with what to eat. Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, even our moralizing- ;You still eat meat? ; How could the land of Chef Boyardee have come so far overnight? And where can we possibly go from here? Locating our table ancestry in France, Adam Gopnik traces our rapid evolution from commendable awareness to manic compulsion and how, on the way, we lost sight of a timeless truth: what goes on around the table-families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board-is always more…    
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

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
Last E-Mail to Elizabeth Pennell
Reading on the Way Home