Near A Thousand Tables

Near A Thousand Tables

A History of Food

Book - 2002
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In "Near a Thousand Tables, " acclaimed food historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto tells the fascinating story of food as cultural as well as culinary history -- a window on the history of mankind.
In this "appetizingly provocative" "(Los Angeles Times)" book, he guides readers through the eight great revolutions in the world history of food: the origins of cooking, which set humankind on a course apart from other species; the ritualization of eating, which brought magic and meaning into people's relationship with what they ate; the inception of herding and the invention of agriculture, perhaps the two greatest revolutions of all; the rise of inequality, which led to the development of haute cuisine; the long-range trade in food which, practically alone, broke down cultural barriers; the ecological exchanges, which revolutionized the global distribution of plants and livestock; and, finally, the industrialization and globalization of mass-produced food.
From prehistoric snail "herding" to Roman banquets to Big Macs to genetically modified tomatoes, "Near a Thousand Tables" is a full-course meal of extraordinary narrative, brilliant insight, and fascinating explorations that will satisfy the hungriest of readers.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2002
ISBN: 9781552634721
1552634728
Branch Call Number: 641.3009 Fer
Characteristics: xiii, 258 p

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Nov 01, 2013

Probably one of the most comprehensive and interesting books about the history of food. This book gets my highest recommendation!

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