The Rituals of Dinner by Margaret Visser

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This work explores the evolution of the eating ritual, covering every aspect from seating, serving, cutlery and invitations. Providing examples throughout history, from the ancient Greeks to modern yuppies, this book provides a history of table manners.
 

About Margaret Visser

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Margaret Visser is the author of three previous books: "Much Depends on Dinner", "Rituals of Dinner", & "The Way We Are". She lives in Barcelona.
 
Published January 1, 1991 by Grove Weidenfeld. 448 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Much Depends on Dinner (1987), Visser drew on domestic and natural history, cultural anthropology, and personal observation for a fluent, free-ranging, item-by-item discussion of the separate foods (chicken, salt, ice cream, etc.) assembled for a hypothetical simple company dinner.

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Visser's banquet of a book, a worthy successor to her Much Depends on Dinner , elucidates cultural differences in dining practices. (July)

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Many dining practices--when to start eating, whether to talk or be silent, seating arrangements, the sequence of dishes--vary enormously from one culture to another.

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Visser's banquet of a book, a worthy successor to her Much Depends on Dinner , elucidates cultural differences in dining practices.

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