The Table Comes First
Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
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|Format:||Hardback, 293 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrated|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 October 2011|
"From the author of Paris to the Moon--one man's quest for the meaning of food in a time obsessed with what to eat. Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, even our moralizing--"You still eat meat?" How could the land of Chef Boyardee have come so far overnight? And where can we possibly go from here? Locating the roots of our foodways in France, Adam Gopnik traces our rapid evolution from commendable awareness to manic compulsion and how, on the way, we lost sight of a timeless truth: what goes on around the table--families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board--is always more important than what we put on the table. Gently satirizing the entire human comedy of the comestible, The Table Comes First seeks to liberate us from the twin clutches of puritanical guilt and cable TV glitz. It is the delightful beginning of a new conversation about the way we eat now"--
"Adam Gopnik brilliantly weaves together the history, philosophy, and culture of food with his deep passion for cooking and the shared pleasures of the table. Anyone who roasts a chicken at home or eats chocolate mousse in a restaurant will be forever changed by this book. I loved it!"
"I need to read anything that Adam Gopnik writes, and this book on food, eating and--it follows--life is a particular feast. His acuity, grace, sensitive intelligence (in short, his brilliance) are, as ever, dazzlingly displayed and yet with the lightest of touches."
"Gopnik would surely be the world's greatest dinner guest; he can make any subject fascinating, and always backs up his curiosity with unhurried research and an acute eye for the telling detail. As the number of TV cooking shows piles up faster than the empty Pop-Tart wrappers in my kitchen, it's time to ask: Why is the world so fixated on food? Gopnik explores the origins of restaurants, recipes and other grub-centered rituals."
--Julia Keller, "Chicago Tribune"
"The perfect book for any intellectual foodie, a delicious book packed with so much to sink your teeth into"
--Padma Lakshmi, author, actress, model and host of the Emmy-winning "Top Chef"
"Adam Gopnik's "The Table Comes First: France, Family, and the Meaning of Food" indulges gourmands everywhere . . . In Gopnik's distinctive style, it is encyclopedic yet personal and funny, and it drives at deeper truths . . . His story is more ambitious than a history of restaurants--it's about how we taste, dream, and argue about food. He explores the extremes of strict localism (exhibit A: Brooklyn tilapia). He gets into the heads of apparent adversaries--the meatless crowd and the whole-beast fiends, the Slow Food and molecular movements, the New and Old World wine advocates--and gives each its place in the grand foodie pantheon . . . Gopnik's take on what makes eating glorious is at once sweepinge
|Publisher: ||Alfred A. Knopf|
|Dimensions: ||23.37 x 14.73 x 3.3 centimeters (0.57 kg)|