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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (263 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margaret Visser Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Winning unanimous praise on its publication and now available in paperback from Grove Press, Much Depends on Dinner is a delightful and intelligent history of the food we eat. Presented as a meal, each chapter represents a different course or garnish. Borrowing from Byron's classic poem Don Juan for her title (Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner), writer Margaret Visser looks to the most ordinary American dinner for her subject - corn on the cob with butter and salt, roast chicken with rice, salad dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, and ice cream - submerging herself in the story behind each food.

In this indulgent and perceptive guide we hear the history of Corn Flakes, why canned California olives are so unsatisfactory (they're picked green, chemically blackened, then sterilized), and the fact that in Africa, citrus fruit is eaten rind and all. For food lovers of all kinds, this unexpectedly funny and serious book is a treasure of information, shedding light on one of our most favorite pastimes. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hilary | 2/20/2014

    " Really interesting. I ate this book up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " Pretty amazing that Visser conceived of and wrote this YEARS before countless others began waxing poetic on the ethics of food... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaethe | 1/31/2014

    " I don't cook, but I enjoy eating on a regular basis. Also, I enjoy reading about the sociology of dining rituals. cool stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Celia Montgomery | 1/23/2014

    " The history of what we ate! This is a fascinating, carefully structured history of food. Visser brilliantly divides her chapters into the elements of a meal. We learn about how people discovered, cultivated, enjoyed and abused corn, chicken, salt, and other seemingly ordinary edibles. This is an important book. I wonder how much it influenced the organic food movement? This is the sort of thing I imagine Jane Brody reading when she runs out of ideas. "

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