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Depends on dinner writer Margaret Visser looks to the most ordinary American dinner for her subject corn on the cob with butter and salt roast chicken with rice salad dressed in lemon juice and olive oil and ice cream submerging herself in the story behind each food In this indulgent and perceptive guide we hear the history of Co. It s hard to imagine now how revolutionary books like this were back when Much Depends on Dinner was published in 1986 It was barely conceivable then that someone would write a book an actual book about something so ordinary as a meal of corn on the cob with butter and salt chicken lettuce with olive oil and lemon dressing and ice cream History was supposed to be reserved for the manly pursuits of war and politics with occasional detours to economy and scienceWe are much comfortable now with the notion that real life and therefore real history is about the ordinary and that the mysteries worth exploring are the ones wrapped in dailiness Way before her time Visser made the point tha

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Much Depends on Dinner The Extraordinary History and Mythology Allure and Obsessions Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal

Winning unanimous praise on its publication and now available in paperback from Grove Press Much Depends on Dinner is a delightful and intelligent history of the food we eat Presented as a meal each chapter represents a different course or garnish Borrowing from Byron's classic poem Don Juan for her title Since Eve ate apples much. Some people have sometimes said I think about things too much Analyze them too much over think them look for so much deeper layers and meanings and cause and effect than there need be in any given thingI can certainly see the Zen beauty in seeing each thing of and for itself without looking deeper or demanding from it But and incidentally not exclusive to that point of view I think I also see tremendous value and take great pleasure in knowing nothing is simply what it is There is always to it than that And I always want to knowIn Much Depends on Dinner Margaret Visser takes the concise subject of a very plain and simple meal and lays out a feast of multi layered in dept informati

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Rn Flakes why canned California olives are so unsatisfactory they're picked green chemically blackened then sterilized and the fact that in Africa citrus fruit is eaten rind and all For food lovers of all kinds this unexpectedly funny and serious book is a treasure of information shedding light on one of our most favorite pastimes. This is certainly a fascinating well researched book But it was difficult to get over the supremely unappetizing meal that it is based around Books about food are supposed to do than provide information they are meant to also indulge The meal was like the sad offerings of a cafeteria and in my imagination they took on that same pall and glaze that cafeteria food does Picture in one compartment of your scratched metal tray half of a corn cob the corn has been boiled too long and sticks in your teeth in another is the dry boneless chicken breast baked to the point of no return accompanied by some soggy white flavorless rice still in another is a few leaves of yello iceberg lettuce


10 thoughts on “Much Depends on Dinner The Extraordinary History and Mythology Allure and Obsessions Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal

  1. says:

    This is a 10 star set of books in one It takes Mark Kurlansky a whole book to say less about a single food item than Margaret Visser does in a single chapter Whether it is olive oil or chicken everything from archeology sociology agriculture medicine literature science marketing even philosophy religion and mythology as well as food is detailed in an enjoyable brilliantly written way Each chapter deserves 10 stars for t

  2. says:

    Before it became fashionable to think about what's on your plate this author wrote a brilliant extensively researched book in a trope

  3. says:

    Some people have sometimes said I think about things too much Analyze them too much over think them look for so much deeper layers and meanings

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    Since Eve ate apples Much depends on dinner BYRON Don JuanWHEN I BEGAN THIS BOOKI MEANT IT TO BE AMUSINGOFTEN HOWEVER I WROTE IT IN OUTRAGE AND FEAR This rather intriguing statement by the author MARGARET VISSERoccurs in the Introduction where she gives us the details of a Four Course Meal comprising NINE foodstuffs each having a weird passionate often savage history of its own which will soon be discussed and dissectedThis 'an

  5. says:

    It's hard to imagine now how revolutionary books like this were back when Much Depends on Dinner was published in 1986 It was barely conceivable then that someone would write a book an actual book about something so ordinary as a meal of corn on the cob with butter and salt chicken lettuce with olive oil and lemon dressing and ice cream Hi

  6. says:

    A culinary anthropologist and social scientist looks at dinner with fascinating results Margaret Visser takes a simple meal

  7. says:

    This is certainly a fascinating well researched book But it was difficult to get over the supremely unappetizing meal that it is based around Books about food are supposed to do than provide information they are meant to also indulge

  8. says:

    Visser's unusual approach to delving into the history of common foods left me far informed at the end but also ex

  9. says:

    Despite minute research an original approach and great enthusiasm on behalf of the author Much depends on dinner suffers from lack of good editing Instead of clearly separating history mythology eating customs and

  10. says:

    Visser composed a menu for a very simple dinner then wrote a microhistory for each ingredient on the menu establishing that