Arranging the Meal: A History of Table Service in France (California Studies in Food and Culture)

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  • The sequence in which food has been served at meals has changed greatly over the centuries and has also varied from one country to another, a fact noted in virtually every culinary history. Most food writers have treated the more significant alterations as stand-alone events. The most famous example of such a change occurred in the nineteenth century, when service à la française--in which the stunning presentation made a great show but diners had to wait to be served--gave way to service à la russe, in which platters were passed among diners who served themselves. But in Arranging the Meal, the late culinary historian Jean-Louis Flandrin argues that such a change in the order of food service is far from a distinct event. Instead he regards it as a historical phenomenon, one that happened in response to socioeconomic and cultural factors--another mutation in an ever-changing sequence of customs. As France's most illustrious culinary historian, Flandrin has become a cult figure in France, and this posthumous book is not only his final word but also a significant contribution to culinary scholarship. A foreword by Beatrice Fink places Flandrin's work in context and offers a personal remembrance of this French culinary hero.
  • Author:
    Jean-Louis Flandrin
    Binding:
    Hardcover
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    394.120944
    EAN:
    9780520238855
    Edition:
    1
    ISBN:
    0520238850
    Label:
    University of California Press
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $34.95
    Manufacturer:
    University of California Press
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    229
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2007-10-15
    Publisher:
    University of California Press
    Studio:
    University of California Press
    Title:
    Arranging the Meal: A History of Table Service in France (California Studies in Food and Culture)
    Creator:
    Beatrice Fink

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