The Picnic: A History - The Meals Series (Hardback)Walter Levy (author)
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Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S.
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 20 mm
Walter Levy takes you on a stunning discovery of the picnic, emphasizing the sense of adventure and freedom (even alongside a hectic highway) with food that, although perhaps familiar, takes very different significances. This book looks at diners, occasions, settings, sorts of food and drinks, and makes you discover that in-door picnics once existed, that picnics have often had romantic connotations but were also organized during wars, and that they played a role in literature and painting. Reading this book is an out-of-the-common experience, just as is picnicking. -- Peter Scholliers, professor, FOST Research Unit, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Who doesn't love a picnic? The next best thing to dining alfresco is reading Walter Levy's The Picnic: A Global History. This definitive history is brilliantly written, intellectually insightful, and a joy to read. While examining how the picnic was invented and how it evolved over five hundred years, Levy romps through European and American literature and art. All those writers and artists that may have slipped your mind return to life as they vividly describe and paint picnics past. What a delight! -- Andrew F. Smith, culinary historian
The next time you consider repairing the great outdoors to feast upon the grass read Walter Levy's excellent The Picnic first. Filled with delicious history and wonderful details from this meal's long history, knowing the book will deepen your pleasure in dining al fresco. Be it a mountain of food as in the French Brothers of the Bacchic Pique-Nique, or dainty sandwiches of which Miss Manners might approve, there no picnic pleasure that will not be enhanced by Levy's delightful and comprehensive book. -- Bruce Kraig, professor emeritus of History, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Founding President, Culinary Historians of Chicago; author, Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America and Hot Dog: A Global History
Walter Levy is the perfect guide through the surprisingly complex cultural and social history of the picnic. His wide-ranging research takes the reader from the murky origins of the word picnic, through its incarnation as a French indoor meal, to the familiar pleasure of eating on the grass outdoors on a lovely day. And since Levy knows that life is really not a picnic, he also explores the darker side of picnics in popular culture and media. From beginning to end The Picnic: A History is an engaging and informative read. -- Kyri W. Claflin, Ph.D., Lecturer, MLA Program in Gastronomy, Boston University; Co-editor (with Peter Scholliers) of Writing Food History: A Global Perspective (Berg 2012)
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