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The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities, and Meaning of Table Manners Kindle Edition
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“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
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #444,808 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The examples given to make any individual point, or expand our ideas, are widely dispersed ethnically- while this does give one a more global context, it's also true that the references can seem superficial.
Still, it's more about breadth than depth, and as such, it is intriguing.
Eating is something we all do, daily, and reading about different practices, customs, and etiquette makes my experience richer.
It is mostly Euro-centric, although it brings in many other cultures for comparison and contrast, to help us get a wider perspective on our own culture (assuming European- especially English- and North American).
One thing that did not make sense to me was the way the author said that women traded cooking for sex, and men traded sex for cooking. I don't think that's accurate. Sex- and cooking- is conceptually what men trade for basic foodstuffs and basic living; it's not that us woman are so hot for their bods that we are happy to trade all our labor for sex. It's mostly that we have not been able to survive without male help, and we need to do what it takes to get that help. I think the author pretty much papers over this very important consideration, trying to make it seem more egalitarian.
Still- a fascinating book, and I learned a lot- and as an amateur food historian, I loved all the context- choppy though it was.
The product and the timely service are great!
This book is about why we eat the way we do, and why we have rituals of eating in different societies. Very educational and reinforces our standing In heirarchy over all other animals. We are special on this earth, like nothing else in the world. Meant to be an image of God.
It was actually incredibly interesting. Visser does a great job of detailing both the traditions (ancient, obsolete, recent, and modern) and the reasons behind them. She also describes how a culture influences or is influenced by their food and rituals around it and provides explanation for how the rituals (and utensils) evolved. All in all, it's really very interesting. A little slow, but dense with good material, so it's alright.
For anyone interested in sociology or food history, or anything tangential, this is a pretty good read.
Only complaint was that I already read "The Gift of Thanks". There was a lot of repetition between the anecdotes shared in the two books. It would have been nice to have all new material.
I actually read this on a trip to Japan and left it at a hostel over there. Hope someone else enjoys it!
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