Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 168 x 240 x 16mm | 621.42g
  • Oxbow Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 1842179853
  • 9781842179857
  • 2,355,474

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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." -- European Journal of Archaeology European Journal of Archaeologyshow more

Table of contents

Prologue (Ferran Adria) 1. Appetite Comes With Eating: An Overview of the Social Meaning of Ritual Food and Drink Consumption (Gonzalo Aranda Jimenez, Sandra Monton Subias, Margarita Sanchez Romero and Eva Alarcon Garcia) 2. Commensality Rituals: Feeding Identities in Prehistory (Margarita Sanchez Romero) 3. Feasting and Social Dynamics in the Epipaleolithic of the Fertile Crescent: An Interpretive Exercise (Brian Hayden) 4. Evolving Human/Animal Interactions in the Near Eastern Neolithic: Feasting as a Case Study Nigel Goring-Morris and Anna Belfer-Cohen) 5. Feeding Stonehenge: Feasting in Late Neolithic Britain (Mike Parker Pearson, Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Julian Thomas, Kate Welham, Umberto Albarella, Ben Chan, Peter Marshall and Sarah Viner) 6. Political Cuisine: Rituals of Commensality in the Neolithic and Bronze Age Aegean (Paul Halstead and Valasia Isaakidou) 7. Drinking and Eating Together: the Social and Symbolic Context of commensality Rituals in the Bell Beakers of the Interior of Iberia (2500-2000 cal BC) (Rafael Garrido-Pena, Manuel A. Rojo-Guerra, Inigo Garcia-Martinez de Lagran and Cristina Tejedor-Rodriguez) 8. Feasting Death: Funerary Rituals in the Bronze Age Societies of South-eastern Iberia (Gonzalo Aranda Jimenez and Sandra Monton Subias) 9. Feasting Metals and the Ideology of Power in the Late Bronze Age of Atlantic Iberia (Xose-Lois Armada) 10. Representing Communities in Heterogeneous Worlds: Staple Foods and Ritual Practices in the Phoenician Diaspora (Ana Delgado and Meritxell Ferrer) 11. Consumption Relations within the Domestic Unit in the Northern Iberian Context (Ramon Buxo and Jordi Principal) 12. The Archaeological Identification of Feasts and Banquets: Theoretical Notes and the Case of Mas Castellar Lluis Garcia and Enriqueta Pons)show more

About Gonzalo Aranda Jimenez

Gonzalo Aranda Jimenez is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Granada, Spain. His research interests are related to the emergence, development and collapse of complex societies in Late Prehistory of the southern Iberian Peninsula, focusing on topics such as the construction of social identities, the ritual practices of food and drink consumption, the social organization of pottery production, and the appearance of interpersonal conflicts that involve the use of violence. Margarita Sanchez Romero is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Granada, Spain. Her main research area is archaeology of women and gender relations focusing her analysis on the study of the body, material Margarita Sanchez Romero is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Granada, Spain. Her main research area is archaeology of women and gender relations focusing her analysis on the study of the body, material culture and maintenance activities, and the archaeology of children and childhood, taking into account process of learning and socialization.show more