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Synopsis: A staple of the food-writing genre that prefigured the current locavore and foodist movements by almost two decades, Margaret Visser’sMuch Depends on Dinneris a delightful and intelligent history of the food we eat, and a cornucopia of incredible details about the ways we do it.
Presented as a meal, each chapter of Much Depends on Dinner represents a different course or garnish, which Margaret Visser handpicks from the most ordinary American dinner: corn on the cob with butter and salt, roast chicken with rice, salad dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, and ice cream. Visser tells the story behind each of these foods and in the course of her inquiries reveals some unexpected treats: the history of Corn Flakes; the secret behind the more dissatisfactory California olives (they’re picked green, chemically blackened, and sterilized); and the fact that, in Africa, citrus fruits are eaten whole, rind and all.
For food lovers of all kinds, this intelligent and unexpectedly funny book is a treasure of information that sheds light on one of our favorite pastimes: eating.
From Library Journal:
In this immensely learned and attractive book, Visser gives a chapter to each of the nine ingredients of a simple dinner: corn with salt and butter, chicken with rice, lettuce with olive oil and lemon juice, ice cream. Each of these foods has a "weird, passionate, often savage history of its own," which she relates in spirited prose, rich in surprising facts, unexpected connections, and a well-documented outrage at what modern technology and agribusiness have done to purity and quality. This presents a remarkable amount of information seamlessly and entertainingly. Ruth Diebold, MLS, Upper Nyack, N.Y.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Title: Much Depends on Dinner
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Book Condition: POOR
Book Description McClelland & Stewart. Paperback. Book Condition: As New. Only slightly differentiated from a new book. Undamaged cover and spine. Pages may display light wear but no marks. Bookseller Inventory # G0771087489I2N00
Book Description McClelland & Stewart. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2792943855
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. FAST Despatch by First Class Royal Mail. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000063062
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 1988. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Softcover. Sound & good copy, light to moderate rubbing/edgewear to wraps. Bookseller Inventory # 936904n
Book Description McClelland & Stewart. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Gently used may contain ex-library markings, possibly has some minor highlighting, textual notations, and or underlining. Text is still easily readable. Bookseller Inventory # 2812751059
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. 0771087489. Bookseller Inventory # IM24039
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1988. Softcover. Book Condition: NF. History and mythology of an ordinary meal. Heavy book may require more postage. 351 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 1033476
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1988. Soft Cover Uncreased Spine. Book Condition: Very Good. First Paperback Edition. Lightly tanned at edges. This book will take you on an amazing excursion through the history and mythology of an ordinary meal. Corn, chicken, lettuce, ice cream and other familiar foods become far from ordinary in an account that is sometimes hilarious or frightening but always enlightening and entertaining. Bookseller Inventory # 40730
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0771087489
Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020771087489