Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food

Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food

by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
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Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

In Near a Thousand Tables, acclaimed food historian Felipe Fernández-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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743234153
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 06/04/2002
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 415,925
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Felipe Fernández-Armesto is a Professorial Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London, and a member of the Modern History Faculty at Oxford University. He is the author of thirteen books, including Millenium: A History of the Last Thousand Years and Civilizations: Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature.

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Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful, entertaining read, covering everything from ancient foods, to the invention of the microwave to cannibalism. I highly recommend it for cooks, food connoisseurs and people who just love food!
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