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The Gastronomica Reader
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Gastronomica is a winner of the Utne Reader's Independent Press Award for Social/Cultural Coverage
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1214116 in Books
- Published on: 2010-02-21
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 10.00" h x 1.10" w x 7.75" l, 3.35 pounds
- Binding: Hardcover
- 376 pages
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This collection of articles from Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture will feed the curious and the jaded with an eclectic collection of food-related stories, photos and poems that range from the avant-garde to the mildly outrageous to the titillating and the occasionally ridiculous. This multifaceted presentation, graced with provocative illustrations, includes a profile of a famous restaurateur who became Hitler's caterer, an examination of taboos related to cooking apes, the chronicle of a foodie's colonoscopy, a surprisingly engaging essay regarding "The Legacy of Iceland's Herring Oil and Meal Factories," and an investigation of food pornography (a stretch even for the open-minded); poems include odes to a sexy shallot and a talking potato. More conventional articles consider the traditional New York City egg cream ("Somehow the lack of those two ingredients never bothered customers"), drinking cappuccino along the Spice Trail, and television cooking shows ("the illegitimate love child, or even the prostitute, of the real world of gastronomy"). Putting the "soup to nuts" principal to good use, this volume should absorb anyone with an appetite for unconventional food writing. 64 color and b/w illustrations.
From the Inside Flap
I am so impressed with this journal. It indicates an accuracy and diversity of information and style that will inspire and encourage people to pay attention to what they are eating.”Alice Waters
Food, even more than sex, is the basis for human relationships, and if Brillat-Savarin's 'Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are' is right, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture will enhance your life and improve your relationships with your family and your friends.”Jacques Pépin
Gastronomica deserves the food world's attention.” Paul Levy
A food journal of high standards that takes on substantive food issues.”Patricia Unterman
Interacting with so many disciplines, Gastronomica will assure a fine intellectual menu and reinvigorate the worlds of food and culture with ever higher standards of scholarship.”Anne Willan
[One of] my top food favorites from 2008. . . . A delightful study of all things food, even those that touch the world of food in a peripheral way.”The Zest, food blog
Most helpful customer reviews
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Great value. The best of the magazine wrapped up in a coffe table book. Engaging essays, great photography.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
I Like It
This book is a compendium of articles about food and its importance in our life. Not a recipe or technique book, it is great sit down reading for someone into food.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
a coffee table book you will really read
I know it is somewhat fashionable among certain foodie-types to have Gastronomica visible to all who visit to show how hip and edgy one is. I actually don't know anyone who would care about that part so if you want to know about the actual writing, read on: I like almost all the stories in this book/collection. Most are written in a more documentary/less personal commentary sort of style, with ample research. Most also bring a different perspective to food and eating, which is so much more interesting than the typical "1001 uses for flour you hadn't previously thought of" type of "food writing". If you are the type of person who always wants to know just a little bit more than the average Wiki research trip will give you, get this. The main reason I only give it four stars is that the bulk/style of the printed book is unwieldy because it is designed more as a coffee table book and less as a book one is actually expected to read. But if you get it, read it. Well worth it just for the "huh! I didn't know that!" factor alone.