The Magic Harvest: Food, Folkore and Society / Edition 1

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The Magic Harvest is a rich and wide-ranging account of the history of popular beliefs about food, written by one of Europe's most important and original historians of food and culture.
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"The Magic Harvest is a concentrated broth of pieces everybit as rich as the cuisine that forms the focus of [Camporesi's]study. There is a convincing unity in these essays. Together, theyoffer a scholarly history of the slow shifts in the dietarygeography and regimes of Italy to the present, a masterly displayof the interdisciplinary skills food history demands and of theexciting range of questions it poses, and, not least, a provocativeargument about the reasons for, and costs of, the comparativelyrecent 'invention' of a national 'Italian' cuisine. Coming afterBread of Dreams, this book confirms Piero Camporesi'simportance in the evolving field of the history of food." JohnWalter, University of Essex

"A collection of fascinating scholarly essays ... excellentinsight into a culture which most people may only rathersimplistically associate with a relatively scant diet of pasta,pizza, tripe and escalopes of veal." The Good Book Guide

"Piero Camporesi is one of the most stimulating andpath-breaking historians." Roy Porter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745621968
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Piero Camporesi is Professor of Italien Literature at the University of Bologna.

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Table of Contents

Part I:.

1. Bread and Death: Food and Peasant Rituals in Italy.

2. The Two Faces of Time: The City Calendar and the CountryCalendar.

3. The Setting of the Moon: Wine, the Vine and the NewScience.

4. Food and Popular Culture.

5. Dietary Geography and Social History.

6. City Cooking and Country Cooking.

Part II:.

7. Bourgeois Cooking in the 19th Century: Between Tradition andRenewal.

8. Concentrated Broth.

9. The Demon of the Hearth.

10. Shopping for Food.

11. The Age of the Soya Bean.

12. The Great Transformation.

13. Born Under Libra.


1. Diet and Literature.

2. List of Authors.

Notes and References.



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