The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities, and Meaning of Table Manners

by Margaret Visser

Hardcover, 1991




New York : Grove Weidenfeld, 1991.


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.

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LibraryThing member herschelian
A fascinating study of table manners, how they evolved, why we need them and how they differ from country to country, age to age.
LibraryThing member gmicksmith
The first book that comes to mind on this topic is by Norbert Elias. In this work the author shows how civilization developed rituals around eating. It is in this vein that the book was written about the origins, evolution, eccentricities, and meaning of table manners.



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