Cheese, Pears, & History in a Proverb

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At first, cheese and its visceral, earthy pleasures were treated as the food of Polyphemus, the uncivilized man-beast. The pear, on the other hand, became the symbol of ephemeral, luxuriant pleasure--an indulgence of the social elite. Joined together, cheese and pears adopted an exclusive savoir faire, especially as the "natural phenomenon" of taste evolved into a cultural attitude. Montanari's delectable history straddles written and oral traditions, economic and social relations, and thrills in the power of mental ...

Cheese, Pears, & History in a Proverb 2012, Columbia University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780231152518

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Cheese, Pears, & History in a Proverb 2010, Columbia University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9780231152501

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