The Rituals of Dinner

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

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This is an exploration of our eating rituals - how we invite and seat people, how, and how much, we serve them, what we eat with and how the guests depart. Forks, which took eight centuries to become common utensils beside the plate, which itself began as a four-day-old slice of bread, provide a fascinating example of the evolution of social propriety.
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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 134 x 216 x 25mm | 554g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0140469435
  • 9780140469431

Table of contents

Part 1 Behaving: the artificial cannibal; ritual; feasting and sacrifice. Part 2 Learning to behave: bringing children up; inhibitions; aspirations. Part 3 The pleasure of your company: company; hosts and guests; invitations; coming right in; taking our places. Part 4 Dinner is served: the first bite; taking note of our surroundings; the prospect before us; fingers; chopsticks; knives, forks, spoons; sequence; helpings; carving; the red, the white, and the gold; table talk; feeding, feasts and females; all gone. Part 5 No offence: pollution; the rules and regulations of the mouth; the properties of posture and demeanour. Postscript: how rude are we?
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