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The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik

The Table Comes First

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The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik

The Table Comes First is at once a celebration of the rituals of eating - the scene of families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart, the core of our memories - and an exploration of the extraordinary transformations that our notion of what makes food 'good' has undergone. Taking the reader from the birth of the restaurant in 18th century France to the molecular Meccas of Barcelona The Table Comes First is the delightful beginning of a new conversation about the way we eat now.


'His writing here is a high-glazed wonder'
Kathryn Hughes, Guardian

. 'I need to read anything that Adam Gopnik writes and these essays on food, eating and - it follows - life are a particular feast. His acuity, grace, sensitive intelligence (in short, his brilliance) are, as ever, dazzlingly displayed and yet with the lightest of touches
Nigella Lawson

. 'Brilliant ... flamboyant and greedy

. 'Extraordinary

. 'Like the Argentinian [Lionel Messi], Gopnik is always worth watching

. 'Gopnik, a brilliant writer on the New Yorker, makes a passionate case for the centrality of the table to our lives, and the binding force of sitting down to the 'nightly miracle
of dinner

Sunday Times
. 'He may be the best food writer there is. He's certainly the most thoughtful - the most philosophical

Evening Standard
. 'Gopnik writes beautifully ... this is a lovely history of the way we think about all sorts of things

William Leith
. 'These are personal essays in the fullest sense of the word, sieving the big subjects of the book's subtitle - family, France, food - through one man's well-furnished mind


About the Author

Adam Gopnik is the author of Angels and Ages, Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate and is a contributor to the New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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Publication date

25th October 2012


Adam Gopnik

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Quercus Publishing


320 pages


Food & society
Cookery / food & drink etc



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