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  • Published: 20 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241293645
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $24.99

The Rituals of Dinner

The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities and Meaning of Table Manners




The award-winning classic reissued for its 25th anniversary, with a new introduction by Bee Wilson

This is the book on the way we eat.

Solidifying her standing as a preeminent observer and scholar of everyday life, Margaret Visser takes on the sweeping history of table manners, from the civilizations of ancient Greece and medieval Europe to the way that technology has altered, and continues to alter, our behaviour over dinner.

She writes of everything from cultural idiosyncrasies around preparation and consumption, to the surprising origins of tableware - forks took eight centuries to become common utensils, the plate began as a four-day-old slice of bread. Blending folklore, history, and humour, this is a feast of fact and observation on one of our most primal rituals: the meal.

  • Published: 20 March 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241293645
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $24.99

Praise for The Rituals of Dinner

Read this book . . . You'll never look at a table knife the same way again

New York Times

Learned, fascinating and wide-ranging . . . one of those rare books that transforms your world while you are reading it . . . There is something quotable, interesting or alarming on every page

Hilary Mantel

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