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The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities, and Meaning of Table Manners by [Margaret Visser]

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From Publishers Weekly

Many dining practices--when to start eating, whether to talk or be silent, seating arrangements, the sequence of dishes--vary enormously from one culture to another. Visser elucidates the differences in a continuously involving and surprising banquet of a book, a worthy successor to her Much Depends on Dinner. Table manners, she notes, impose order and regularity on a situation in which people sit in close proximity, armed (with eating utensils) and vulnerable. This observation leads to a discussion of cannibalism, sacrifices, feasts and teaching children etiquette. Visser then takes us through a meal, with sections on toasting, dinner parties, leftovers, bodily control and much else. A smorgasbord of cross-cultural insights, delectably served, this marvelous book instills a keen awareness of the complex social ritual of eating in the company of others.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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“Visser writes with as much scholarly wit about dinner and dinner parties—what we put in our mouths, and why and with whom—as any writer alive. . . . The Rituals of Dinner . . . is as crisp and tasty as [it was] the day it was published.” —The New York Times
 
“An illuminating approach to the history of mankind.” —The New Yorker
 
“The breadth of her knowledge is impressive, and she is irrepressibly enthusiastic about her subject.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
“[A] banquet of a book.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Visser offers a balanced explanation of how and why rules governing eating arose and why they persist. . . . [She] has collected a wealth of information from a varied list of sources, making her book a valuable document.” —Library Journal
 
“Another feast for trivia-blotters with a taste for class.” —Kirkus Reviews
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00X4YMQJ2
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Open Road Media (June 23, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 23, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1694 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 450 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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