A beguiling journey in search of the meaning of food in our lives, charting America's recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes.A beguiling journey in search of the meaning of food in our lives, charting America's recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes.Read Less
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo. pp.293, "Never before have so many North Americans cared so much about food. But much of our attention to it tends towards grim calculation (what protein is best? how much? ); social preening ("I can always score the last reservation at xxxxx"); or graphic machismo ("watch me eat this now"). Gopnik shows we are not the first food fetishists but we are losing sight of a timeless truth, "the table comes first": what goes on around the table matters as much to life as what we put on the table: families come together (or break apart) over the table, conversations across the simplest or grandest board can change the world, pain and romance unfold around it--all this is more essential to our lives than the provenance of any zucchini or the road it travelled to reach us. Whatever dilemmas we may face as omnivores, how not what we eat ultimately defines our society. "
Very Good in Very Good jacket. ISBN: 978-0-307-39901-4, Minor bumping to the spine ends, little wear. Quite clean. 'Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our culture...But have we come any close to discovering the true meaning of food in our lives? With inimitable charm and learning, [the author] 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. ' 293 pages.
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