The Table Comes First

The Table Comes First

Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

eBook - 2011 | First edition
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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 the roots of our foodways 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 important than what we put on the table. Gently satirizing the entire human comedy of the comestible, The Table Comes First seeks to liberate us from the twin clutches of puritanical guilt and cable TV glitz. It is the delightful beginning of a new conversation about the way we eat now"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307700599
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 293 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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debwalker Oct 27, 2011

"It is one of those special books, which don’t come around all that often — the kind which makes you simply delight and luxuriate in the slow act of leisurely reading.

It’s certainly not the product of a recipe but, rather, a writer who has spent a life, thinking, reading, writing and, of course, cooking."
Christine Sismondo
Toronto Star


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