Food, Friendship, and Inequality
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Illinois Press
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Being about food, friendship, and community, this book has emerged from the generosities of others who fed me, gave me spaces to write, reasons to take a break, and always things to think about. It is likely that those who are unnamed were instrumental, and I apologize if I am remiss in remembering. Most importantly, this book would not exist were it not for the people who ...
1. Feeding Friends and Others
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Like my mother, I like to know what everybody ate. My friends are had for dinner. I want to know what they had and how they cooked it. I’m not very curious about what people had out. I’m interested in what people have in, because I’m very interested in people’s domestic lives. I used to think I was fretting away my time, but the ...
2. From Formality to Comfort
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The Lovell-Mingots had sent out cards for what was known as “a formal dinner” (that is, three extra footmen, two dishes for each invitations with the words “To meet the Countess Olenska,” in strangers as if they were royalties, or at least their ambassadors.any gathering at the table. Pilate might bake hot bread and each ...
3. Dinner Parties in America
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If you accept a dinner invitation, you have a moral obligation to Is the dinner party a paradigm of society or a vicious pantomime In 1990, the writer Susan Orlean traveled the United States looking at what people do on Saturday night. She found people who cruised in their cars, played in cocktail lounge bands, polka-danced, ate in restaurants, and ...
4. Sweetening the Pot
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...apart. . . . When we meet, therefore, with the express purpose of It was of_ten dif_f_icult to categorize people’s activities, even when labels like “dinner party” and “potluck” exist. Unless the occasion clearly f_it a specif_ic template, most notably as a dinner party or a potluck, people did not use any overarching terms to describe them. Although I was relying on people’s ...
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Also: Does Tina Turner cook? I’ll bet that she doesn’t cook a lot but that she has mastered one fancy party dish—something that’s not actually hard to make but looks complicated, like Smoked Bluef_ish Pate or Nachos. It’s become her signature dish: whenever she goes of saying “Hey, here comes Tina” they say “Hey here comes that ...
6. Artfulness, Solidarity, and Intimacy
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...in their circle of barter. They were in the habit of exchanging programming, plumbing and calligraphy. I accepted the generosity of their inclusion with gratitude. At f_irst I felt that as a lawyer, I was worthless, that I had no barterable skills and nothing to contribute. What I came to realize, however, was that my value to ...
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2013