Charlemagne's Tablecloth

Charlemagne's Tablecloth : A Piquant History of Feasting

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Feasts, banquets and grand dinners have always played a vital role in our lives. They oil the wheels of diplomacy, smooth the paths of the ambitious and spread joy at family celebrations. Nichola Fletcher has selected the most colourful feasts in history to give a captivating account of why we enjoy gathering around a table to eat, drink and be merry. There is the extravagance of the high medieval and Renaissance, swallowing fathoms of blubber in North America, the exquisite refinement of the Japanese Tea ceremony - an eclectic collection of feasts from the flamboyant to the eccentric. Why did Charlemagne use an asbestos tablecloth at his feasts? What is the connection between Salvador Dali and the Aztecs? What links caviar to quinces? Nichola Fletcher answers these and many more questions in her compelling investigation of the feast in all its guises.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 299.38g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 16
  • 0753819740
  • 9780753819746
  • 846,641

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'Nibble your way through four millennia of courses. I ... enjoyed it so much it became my book-with-lunch... The best entries are less about food than its pyschological power.' GUARDIAN "Nichola Fletcher's text is stuffed to bursting with exotic tastes and smells, many of them heavy with religious or symbolic significance." SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'Fletcher's selection of feasts has been short listed for a Guild of Food Writers award, and it is easy to see why... Fletcher's book will appeal to anyone who feels passionately about food.' HERALDshow more

About Nichola Fletcher

Nichola Fletcher is an active member of the Guild of Food Writers and was awarded the 1994 Scottish Food Achievement Award by the Sunday Times. She writes widely on food and runs an upmarket mail order service for venison.show more

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