Near a Thousand Tables - A History of Food
Author(s): Felipe Fernández-Armesto
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.
- : 9780743227407
- : Free Press
- : Free Press
- : September 2003
- : .7 Inches X 5.5 Inches X 8.438 Inches
- : books
- : 641.3/009
- : 272
- : Felipe Fernández-Armesto
- : Paperback
- : English