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Charlemagne S Tablecloth

Author: Nichola Fletcher
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466864400
Size: 38.66 MB
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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. They lift the spirits, involve all our senses and, at times, transport us to other fantastical worlds. Some feasts have given rise to hilarious misunderstandings, at others competitive elements take over. Some are purely for pleasure, some connect uncomfortably with death, but all are interesting. Nichola Fletcher has written a captivating history of feasts and entertaining throughout the ages that includes the dramatic failures along with the dazzling successes. From a humble meal of potatoes provided by an angel, to the extravagance of the high medieval and Renaissance tables groaning with red deer and wild boar, to the exquisite refinement of the Japanese tea ceremony, Charlemagne's Tablecloth covers them all. In her gustatory exploration of history's great feasting tables, Fletcher also answers more than a few riddles, such as "Why did Charlemagne use an asbestos tablecloth at his feasts?" and "Where did the current craze for the elegant Japanese Kaiseki meal begin?" Fletcher answers these questions and many more while inviting readers to a feasting table that extends all the way from Charlemagne's castle to her own millennium feast in Scotland. This is an eclectic collection of food and feasts from the flamboyant to the eccentric, the delicious to the disgusting, and sometimes just the touchingly ordinary. For anyone who has ever sat down at a banquet dining table and wondered, "Why?" Nichola Fletcher provides the delicious answer in a book that is a feast all its own.

Read On History

Author: Tina Frolund
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610694325
Size: 20.66 MB
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Make history come alive! This book helps librarians and teachers as well as readers themselves find books they will enjoy—titles that will animate and explain the past, entertain, and expand their minds.

Food Lit

Author: Melissa Brackney Stoeger
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598847066
Size: 49.99 MB
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An essential tool for assisting leisure readers interested in topics surrounding food, this unique book contains annotations and read-alikes for hundreds of nonfiction titles about the joys of comestibles and cooking.

Pigs Pork And Heartland Hogs

Author: Cynthia Clampitt
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 153811075X
Size: 58.45 MB
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Pigs, Pork, andHeartland Hogs is an engaging celebration of the 12,000-year connection between humans and the world’s most commonly consumed meat: pork. Throughout history, pigs shaped cultures and cuisines. Introduced into the Americas, they changed lives and, in time, helped define the Midwest, reflecting the region’s diversity and abundance.

Food And Wine Festivals And Events Around The World

Author: Colin Michael Hall
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0750683805
Size: 60.49 MB
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There is a rapidly increasing number of food and wine festivals taking place around the world and many new festivals and events are now being developed as a deliberate part of a regional or national tourism strategy. It is now recognised that food and wine festivals and events can play a significant role in rural and urban development and regeneration and the impacts of these events can be far ranging at a social, political, economic and environmental level. Food and Wine Festivals and Events Around the World: development, management and markets is a pioneering text that recognises the importance of this area of the tourism industry. It brings together an international contributor team of experts and uses leading research to examine the specialist nature of the food and wine festival/event and the linkages that exist between food, festivity and place. Divided into three parts, the book looks at Food Festivals, Wine /Drink Festivals and Farmers Markets. Each section has an introductory chapter which will set the context and provide an overview of current activity in that particular area. * Uses international case studies to illustrate best practise and contextualise theory. For example, Ramadan festivals in Malaysia, food and drink festivals in Japan, festival based culinary tourism in the US, the Valley wine festival in Western Australia, farmers markets in the UK and many more. * Contains results of ?cutting edge? research carried out at specific food and wine events and festivals, which illustrate best practise and demonstrate the diversity of research methods and events * Suitable for those studying in the fields of tourism, event management, gastronomy/culinary arts, food marketing, rural development, heritage tourism special interest tourism and cultural studies * The first book specifically devoted to the subject of food and wine related events and festivals - one of the fastest growing niches in the tourism and event industries * International case studies from Australia, UK, Malaysia, New Zealand and USA amongst others, reveal the back-stage reality of the food and tourism experience * Contains cutting edge research illustrating best practise, with international contributions from leading names in academia and industry

As Long As We Both Shall Eat

Author: Claire Stewart
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442257148
Size: 47.18 MB
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As Long as we Both Shall Eat is a culinary history of wedding feasts. Examining the various food customs associated with weddings in America and around the world, Claire Stewart not only provides a rich account of the foods most loved and frequently served at wedding celebrations, she also offers a glimpse into the customs and celebrations themselves, as they are experienced in the West and in various other cultures. She sheds light on the historical and contemporary significance of wedding food, and explores patterns of the varieties of conspicuous consumption linked to American wedding feasts in particular. There are stories of celebrity excess, and the book is peppered with accounts of lavish strange-but-true wedding tales. The antics of wealthy socialites and celebrities is a topic rich for exploration, and the telling of their exploits can be used to track the fads and changes in conventional and contemporary wedding feasts and celebrations. From cocktail hours to wedding cakes, showers to brunches, the food we enjoy to celebrate the joining of life partners helps bring us together, no matter our differences. Readers are treated to a tasty trip down the aisle in this entertaining and lively account of nuptial noshing.

Potato

Author: Andrew F. Smith
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1861899971
Size: 60.83 MB
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From obscure Pre-Columbian beginnings in the Andes Mountains to global popularity today, the story of the potato is one of rags to riches. In Potato, esteemed culinary historian Andrew F. Smith reveals the captivating story of a once lowly vegetable that has changed—and continues to change—the world. First domesticated by prehistoric people in the Andes, the potato has since been adopted by cultures around the globe. For instance, the potato was aggressively adopted by cooks in India and China, where it has become a dietary staple. In fact, these two countries now stand as the world’s largest potato producers. Nonetheless, despite its popularity, in this era of both fast food and health consciousness, the potato is now suffering negative publicity regarding its low nutritional value. Its health benefits continue to be debated, especially considering that the potato is most often associated with the ubiquitous but high-calorie french fry. Potato is a captivating read that provides a concisely written but thoroughly researched account of the history, economy, politics, and gastronomy behind this beloved starch—as well as recipes. As loaded with goodies as a well-dressed baked potato, this book is comforting and satisfying.

The Food And Wine Lover S Companion To Tuscany

Author: Carla Capalbo
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9780811833806
Size: 59.67 MB
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A revised edition of the gourmand's guide to travel in Tuscany incorporates more than forty new entries and focuses exclusively on the region's foods and local wines, listing little-known shops, markets, festivals, and wineries. Original.