Feast, Paperback Book


Toenails cut while dining out, meals served to wax effigies of the dead, napkins concealing singing birds, dishes descending from the ceiling - these are just a few of the more exotic aspects of everyman at table.

From the stupendous banquets of the Ancient Babylonians, Fest covers five millennia of formal eating.

Sharing a meal, in particular a grand one, has always been a complex social mechanism for uniting and dividing people.

Such an event could signal peace, a marriage, a victory, an alliance, a coming-of-age, a coronation or a funeral.

The feast was a vehicle for display and ostentation, for the parade of rank and hierachy, for flattering and influencing people as well as providing a theatre in which to excercise the art of conversation and the display of manners.

Feast offers a fascinating and, at times, a highly unusual mirror of society.

It gathers together for the first time all the ingredients which contributed to the phenomenon of the celebratory meal- the people, the clothes, the food, the setting, the action and its circumstances.

In an age which has virtually abolished the shared meal as a central feature of daily living, Feast presents a revelatory picture


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780712667593



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