9780140170795

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

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140170795

  • ISBN10:

    0140170790

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1992-07-01
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Summary

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Behaving
1(38)
The Artificial Cannibal
4(13)
Ritual
17(10)
Feasting and Sacrifice
27(12)
Learning to Behave
39(40)
Bringing Children Up
40(16)
Inhibitions
56(13)
Aspirations
69(10)
The Pleasure of Your Company
79(58)
Company
84(6)
Hosts and Guests
90(9)
Invitations
99(10)
Coming Right In
109(12)
Taking Our Places
121(16)
Dinner Is Served
137(160)
The First Bite
138(8)
Taking Note of Our Surroundings
146(10)
The Prospect Before Us
156(11)
Fingers
167(12)
Chopsticks
179(4)
Knives, Forks, Spoons
183(13)
Sequence
196(14)
Helpings
210(17)
Carving
227(15)
The Red, the White, and the Gold
242(20)
Table Talk
262(10)
Feeding, Feasts, and Females
272(12)
All Gone
284(13)
No Offence
297(42)
Pollution
300(9)
The Rules and Regulations of the Mouth
309(17)
The Proprieties of Posture and Demeanour
326(13)
Postscript: How Rude Are We? 339(20)
References 359(20)
Bibliography 379(38)
Index 417

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