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Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal Paperback – June 8, 2010
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I'd recommend this book to anyone with a penchant for non-fiction, particularly a food lover, a history buff, or a science buff. Informative, well-researched, delightful fun.
The material in each chapter is quite varied, ranging from history, mythology, science, and economic botany, to health concerns and environmental issues. We read about such topics as the history of corn flakes, the significance of salt-making for the Indian independence movement, and the preservation of lettuce through irradiation or sprinkling with sulphite. All in all, the book is quite fascinating, with many facts and figures for those interested in food history and culture.
We are much more comfortable now with the notion that real life (and therefore real history) is about the ordinary and that the mysteries worth exploring are the ones wrapped in dailiness. Way before her time, Visser made the point that "...forms of things are a kind of language, speaking the logos of our culture...". In short, that to truly understand ourselves , we need to understand the things that are so common that we scarcely notice them at all.
Her pioneering work helped open up a floodgate. We have excellent books about Cod Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World and SaltSalt: A World History, ChocolateThe True History of Chocolate, Second Edition and olive oilOlive Oil: From Tree to Table. There are so many books about the history of wine that there's no place for them in a brief review.Read more ›
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This book draws you into the stories and has a lot of fascinating information.Published 1 month ago by Blanche A. Douma
This book is such a delight. This is the third time I've read it, and it was just as informative and enjoyable this Tim e. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ernest drown
Very good, very detailed and a lot of surprising facts are un earthedPublished 5 months ago by peter humphries
Just wasn't what I thought. I was looking for a book on dinner traditions. So not that.Published 5 months ago by AMB
Wonderful. Margaret Visser posits a dinner (corn, butter, rice, chicken, ice cream, salad with olive oil and lemon) and then provides a sweeping historical and anthropological view... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Leon Miller
This book is not a novel, nor story, but history of different foods. It begins with Corn in the first chapter and if you are interested in the history of this fascinating grain you... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Seek
This book is very interesting, written in a pleasantly accessible tone, and full of terrific information. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Krista B Clarke
Okay, I am a history geek. I love details, and I love learning new things. This highly interesting, well-written text taught me much and kept me entertained throughout. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jude
I read the first two chapters and although they were somewhat interesting the writer writes in a non reader friendly manner. Read morePublished 9 months ago by stingray