Exotic Brew: The Art of Living in the Age of Enlightenment / Edition 1

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This is a concise and elegant account of the eating and drinking habits of the upper classes in the eighteenth century.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Vivid, energetic and mouth-watering ... a major contribution tothe surge of interest in the history of food and the body." RoyPorter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine

"This book is written in a light and entertaining mannerappropriate to the spirit of the age it seeks to capture."Journal of the Historical Association

"Replete with quotations from the champions as well as thecritics of the Enlightenment's new art of living, this book iswritten in a light and entertaining manner appropriate to thespirit of the age it seeks to capture." History

"In this intriguing and amusing book, Camporesi guides thereader through the dining rooms of the European elite, painting anintricate picture of the cuisine and 'savoire vivre' of the period.The strongest feature of this work is its wealth of curious detailswhich grant insight into a vivacious and seemingly frivoloussociety, obsessed with its quest for the exotic and the unorthodox.This highly evocative book is most entertaining and vividly bringsto life the distinctive and bizarre lifestyles which were born ofEurope's intellectual awakening." Chartist

'Camporesi is ... a beautiful writer who imbues much of theelegance of the Enlightenment era in his composition.'Limina

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745621975
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Piero Camporesi was formerly Professor of Italian Literature at University of Bologna, Italy.

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Table of Contents

1. The Science of Savoir Vivre. .

2. The Revenge of the Night.

3. Good Cooks and Skilful Hairdressers.

4. The Purged Century.

5. Heavy and Viscous Meats.

6. The Strange New Adoptions of Listless Gluttony.

7. Ephemeral Decor.

8. A Blissful and Drinkable Eternity.

9. The Botany of the Palate.

10. Perfidious Art.

11. Indian Broth.

12. Mad and Startling Names.

13. Quintessences of Juices.

14. The Lavish Table.



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