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The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date September 29, 2011
Pages 304
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781849162869
ISBN-10 1849162867
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.20 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $29.35
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Our modern society is very particular about what constitutes good food: local, seasonal, organic produce that doesn't overly impact on the environment. But throughout history every generation has believed that it alone knows the true value of food, and looked with distaste on the culinary practices of its predecessors. Not so long ago eating food from around the world was the mark of the cultural sophisticate. In The Table Comes First Adam Gopnik envisions a new 'physiology of taste' which will enable us to dispense with this moralising attitude and concentrate on the pleasure principle: food is to be enjoyed, and to help us enjoy life in turn. Above all the dining table should be the heart of the family, the place where all real family begins. To show this we are taken through the courses, from starters to desserts, from the establishment of the first restaurants in Paris in the early 19th century to the green movement of the present day, in a witty and erudite narrative interspersed with delightful anecdotes, ranging from making souffles for Derrida (hint: the perfect souffle is determined by the ineffable 'zone' between peaks and troughs) to hunting the lost recipe for 'Steack Boston'.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780307593450 Book cover for 9781849162869
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 25, 2011)
9780307593450 | details & prices | 293 pages | 6.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.26 lbs | List price $25.95
About: Never before have we cared so much about food.
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from Gardners Books (September 29, 2011)
9781849162869 | details & prices | 304 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $29.35
About: Our modern society is very particular about what constitutes good food: local, seasonal, organic produce that doesn't overly impact on the environment.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780307476968
 
from Vintage Books (August 21, 2012)
9780307476968 | details & prices | 317 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $15.95
About: From the author of Paris to the Moon, a beguiling tour of the morals and manners of our present food mania, in search of eating’s deeper truths.

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