The Rituals of Dinner

The Rituals of Dinner

Visser, Margaret

Format
Paperback
Price
$18.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140170795
  • 448 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

With an acute eye and an irrepressible wit, Margaret Visser takes a fascinating look at the way we eat our meals. From the ancient Greeks to modern yuppies, from cannibalism and the taking of the Eucharist to formal dinners and picnics, she thoroughly defines the eating ritual.

“Read this book. You’ll never look at a table knife the same way again.”—The New York Times.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Behaving
The Artificial Cannibal
Ritual
Feasting and Sacrifice

2. Learning to Behave
Bringing Children Up
Inhibitions
Aspirations

3. The Pleasure of Your Company
Company
Hosts and Guests
Invitations
Coming Right In
Taking Our Places

4. Dinner is Served
The First Bite
Taking Note of Our Surroundings
The Prospect Before Us
Fingers
Chopsticks
Knives, Forks, Spoons
Sequence
Helpings
Carving
The Red, the White, and the Gold
Table Talk
Feeding, Feasts, and Females
All Gone

5. No Offence
Pollution
The Rules and Regulation of the Mouth
The Proprieties of Posture and Demeanour

Postscript: How Rude Are We?
References
Bibliography
Index

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