Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Feasting Rituals in the Prehistoric Societies of Europe and the Near East

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Feasting Rituals in the Prehistoric Societies of Europe and the Near East


Edited by Gonzalo Aranda Jimenez, Edited by Sandra Monton-Subias, Edited by Margarita Sanchez-Romero

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  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 240mm x 16mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1842179853
  • ISBN 13: 9781842179857
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,962,965

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner examines how specific types of food were prepared and eaten during feasting rituals in prehistoric Europe and the Near East. Such rituals allowed people to build and maintain their power and prestige and to maintain or contest the status quo. At the same time, they also contributed to the inner cohesion and sense of community of a group. When eating and drinking together, people share thoughts and beliefs and perceive the world and human relationships in a certain way. The twelve contributions to this book reflect the main theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of food and feasting in prehistoric Europe and the Near East. The book is introduced by Ferran Adria, considered to be the world's greatest chef. Famed for his "molecular gastronomy," he invented the technique of reducing foods to their essence and then changing how they are presented, for example in the form of foam. In 2010, he was named Best Chef of the Decade by the prestigious Restaurant magazine.

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"Overall, this volume has much to offer the reader interested in feasting and food-related practices in archaeology. The papers do not present a single perspective but rather a collection of possibilities, questions, and potential new directions. They give a clear sense of how far archaeology has come in considering issues of feasting, as well as some of the directions in which future work can fruitfully take us."--Susan Pollock "European Journal of Archaeology, 16(2) 2013 "