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Food Mania: An Extraordinary Visual Record of the Art of Food from Kitchen Garden to Banqueting Table
     

Food Mania: An Extraordinary Visual Record of the Art of Food from Kitchen Garden to Banqueting Table

by Nigel Garwood, Rainer Voigt
 
Food Mania celebrates our frenzy for food with the most extraordinary visual record of culinary matters ever published.

Man's fascination with food has inspired a huge body of literature, from poetry to cookbooks, but it has also yielded engravings, drawings, paintings, advertisements, and colorful labels, all for an eager audience of gourmands, cooks, and

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Food Mania celebrates our frenzy for food with the most extraordinary visual record of culinary matters ever published.

Man's fascination with food has inspired a huge body of literature, from poetry to cookbooks, but it has also yielded engravings, drawings, paintings, advertisements, and colorful labels, all for an eager audience of gourmands, cooks, and would-be chefs.

Food Mania covers it all: the delights of growing, preparing, and serving -- from pantry to dining room, kitchen gardens to tea plantations, bakers to brewers. The origins of the food we eat are explored in marvelous detail, first with botanical depictions of rare fruits and detailed cartoons of the grocery store. Next are the still-lifes of the larder, showing every kind of foodstuff and ingredient of a busy kitchen. Finally, there is the table itself, with details of plates, towering centerpieces, utensils, and menu cards, as well as scenes of feasting that convey our never-ending proclivity to rejoice with food.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
If London's Victoria & Albert Museum, known for its fascinating and eclectic exhibitions, were to mount a show of gastronomic images from the annals of history, the reviews would be glowing and the lines would be long. The result, I suspect, would be much like this impeccably produced trade paperback that celebrates all visual aspects of the art of food, from kitchen garden to banquet table. It’s a museum show in a slipcase that will delight any ardent food lover, whether amateur or professional.

From harvest to market, from larder to kitchen to table, Food Mania tracks the visual record of food, much as its charming predecessor Garden Mania gloried in the art of gardening. It's all here: the cultivation, the preparation, the manners, the rituals, and, of course, the consumption.

Most of these colorful paintings, engravings, or illustrations come from the 18th and 19th centuries. They are organized by their moment in the food cycle -- the harvest, the market, the larder, the kitchen, the table. There are the Dutch still-lifes from the 17th century; plans for a French potager (c. 1760); a still-life of white grapes by Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1827); the colorful, sometimes salacious, French menu cards of La Belle Époque; and a New Year's scene from the Savoy Hotel (1914). Some are designed to be instructional (presentations from the second edition of Mrs. Beaton's Book of Household Management), others, commercial (advertisements for Bovril) or satirical (British and Russian cooks fight over a great bowl of polenta labeled "Asia," while other nations wait their turn ). A brief essay accompanies every chapter. From the mayhem of the kitchen to the ordered universe of the table, Food Mania celebrates the art of food. (Ginger Curwen)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609808764
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/16/2001
Edition description:
SLIPCASE
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 8.39(h) x 1.62(d)

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