Near a Thousand Tables : A History of Food

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  • In Near a Thousand Tables, acclaimed food historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto tells the fascinating story of food as cultural as well as culinary history -- a window on the history of mankind. In this "appetizingly provocative" (Los Angeles Times) book, he guides readers through the eight great revolutions in the world history of food: the origins of cooking, which set humankind on a course apart from other species; the ritualization of eating, which brought magic and meaning into people's relationship with what they ate; the inception of herding and the invention of agriculture, perhaps the two greatest revolutions of all; the rise of inequality, which led to the development of haute cuisine; the long-range trade in food which, practically alone, broke down cultural barriers; the ecological exchanges, which revolutionized the global distribution of plants and livestock; and, finally, the industrialization and globalization of mass-produced food. From prehistoric snail "herding" to Roman banquets to Big Macs to genetically modified tomatoes, Near a Thousand Tables is a full-course meal of extraordinary narrative, brilliant insight, and fascinating explorations that will satisfy the hungriest of readers.
  • Author:
    Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Dewey Decimal Number:
    641.3009
    EAN:
    9780743227407
    ISBN:
    0743227409
    Label:
    Free Press
    Languages:
    English
    List Price:
    $15.00
    Manufacturer:
    Free Press
    Number Of Items:
    1
    Number Of Pages:
    272
    Product Group:
    Book
    Product Type Name:
    ABIS_BOOK
    Publication Date:
    2003-09-02
    Publisher:
    Free Press
    Studio:
    Free Press
    Title:
    Near a Thousand Tables : A History of Food
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