Near a Thousand Tables - A History of Food

Author(s): Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Food Writing

In Near a Thousand Tables, acclaimed food historian Felipe Fern ndez-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.

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  • : 9780743227407
  • : Free Press
  • : Free Press
  • : September 2003
  • : .7 Inches X 5.5 Inches X 8.438 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Felipe Fernández-Armesto
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 641.3/009
  • : 272