Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Adam Gopnik talks about the meaning of food in our lives, from 18th-century to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food reveals that what goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table- families, friends, lovers coming together.


Adam Gopnik

Comments [4]

dee from Mamhattan

Missed the name of the woman from Philadelphia who was an anti-semite

Jan. 04 2012 01:06 PM
harvey r neptune

Gopnik is his usual brilliant self, but i wish you would ask, cheek intended, if all he's doing is reminding us of the 'metaphysical' forgotten in an almost naturally pragmatic American culture; in other words, even with something as apparently physical as the 'taste' of food, it is Never what it is. "Truth," in short, is always conditioned by time and place.
I will of course get and read this book and hope that, even if inadvertently, it will challenge readers to give up their ironically and mostly unwittingly materialist worldviews. thanks


Jan. 04 2012 12:57 PM

How often do recommend doing blind tastings for foods and liqueur. Would it take away from the enjoyment of the meal or affect our taste buds since I am sure visuals affect nerves and sensations which most likely affects taste buds.

Also what about not knowing anything about the restaurant whether it is five stars, ethnicity etc. How much do these expectations affect how we taste food?

Jan. 04 2012 12:53 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC!

They couldn't tell the difference between red and white wine?
Wait white wine is usually people couldn't tell the difference between the two by the temperature??? Or did they serve both warm?

Jan. 04 2012 12:52 PM

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