Feast: A History of Grand Eating Hardcover – November 3, 2003
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Strong is a master distiller who keeps a sharp academic lookout while proving a companionable, entertaining guide. It's hard to imagine anyone who could more pithily explore, for example, the evolution and meaning of manners (from courtly ritual to aspiring-class impediment); the invention of the dining room (which required a permanent dining table, long in coming); sugar's pivotal role (as a baroque sculptural medium!); and the history of cookbooks (keen mirrors of class). For anyone interested in what it has meant to use a fork (first a status marker then, supplanting the knife, the only approved implement for carrying food to mouth) among much else, this is a perfect read. --Arthur Boehm
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This is a fun book to read. It's a non-scholarly round-up of many, many academic articles that have appeared on the subject of dining along with a summary of some of most significant historical works on food, dining, entertainment and medicine.
If you are interested in food, the evolution of table manners and the developmental history of your family breakfast room, then this is a jolly good read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and only wished I could jump in a time machine and appear at one of the amazing Italian Renaissance jamborees! Highly recommended.
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Watch out for the difference between the hard bacl and paperback versions. The paperback apparently has more illustrations but I wanted a hardback as a present! Perverse publishing decision in my view!
The book is conveniently sub-divided within chapters. It is difficult to think of any book that has been devoted solely to this subject for which a comparison can be made; this in itself makes it a welcome filler to a gap in social history. The only flaw is that the style is occasionally pompous - but forgivably so.