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Much Depends on Dinner : The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Mea - Margaret Visser

Much Depends on Dinner

The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Mea

Paperback Published: 8th June 2010
ISBN: 9780802144935
Number Of Pages: 352

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Winning unanimous praise on its publication and now available in paperback from Grove Press, Much Depends on Dinner is a delightful and intelligent history of the food we eat. Presented as a meal, each chapter represents a different course or garnish. Borrowing from Byron's classic poem "Don Juan" for her title ("Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner"), writer Margaret Visser looks to the most ordinary American dinner for her subject -- corn on the cob with butter and salt, roast chicken with rice, salad dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, and ice cream -- submerging herself in the story behind each food. In this indulgent and perceptive guide we hear the history of Corn Flakes, why canned California olives are so unsatisfactory (they're picked green, chemically blackened, then sterilized), and the fact that in Africa, citrus fruit is eaten rind and all. For food lovers of all kinds, this unexpectedly funny and serious book is a treasure of information, shedding light on one of our most favorite pastimes.

ISBN: 9780802144935
ISBN-10: 0802144934
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 8th June 2010
Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 2

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