All Manners of Food

All Manners of Food

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So close geographically, how could France and England be so enormously far apart gastronomically? Not just in different recipes and ways of cooking, but in their underlying attitudes toward the enjoyment of eating and its place in social life. In a new afterword that draws the United States and other European countries into the food fight, Stephen Mennell also addresses the rise of Asian influence and qmulticulturalq cuisine. All Manners of Food debunks long-standing myths and provides a wealth of information. It is a sweeping look at how social and political development has helped to shape different culinary cultures. Food and almost everything to do with food - fasting and gluttony, cookbooks, women's magazines, chefs and cooks, types of foods, the influential difference between qcourtq and qcountryq food - are comprehensively explored and tastefully presented in a dish that will linger in the memory long after the plates have been cleared.There were good commercial reasons for trying to create this a#39;consciously classlessa#39; appeal (as Marjorie Ferguson, 1982: 168, calls it). Woman and Womana#39;s Own both reached their peak circulations, of 3, 3 11, 700 and 2, 5 15, 400 in the first half of ... [The first] eschews social class differences by omission rather than inclusion, avoiding any mention of stratification as such. ... Elle and Roland Barthes One of the celebrated short essays which Barthes wrote between 1954 and 1956 andanbsp;...

Title:All Manners of Food
Author:Stephen Mennell
Publisher:University of Illinois Press - 1996


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