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The Magic Harvest: Food, Folkore and Society

The Magic Harvest: Food, Folkore and Society

Piero Camporesi

ISBN: 978-0-745-62196-8

Nov 1998, Polity

264 pages

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$28.95

Description

The Magic Harvest is a rich and wide-ranging account of the history of popular beliefs about food, written by one of Europe's most important and original historians of food and culture.
Part I:.

1. Bread and Death: Food and Peasant Rituals in Italy.

2. The Two Faces of Time: The City Calendar and the Country Calendar.

3. The Setting of the Moon: Wine, the Vine and the New Science.

4. Food and Popular Culture.

5. Dietary Geography and Social History.

6. City Cooking and Country Cooking.

Part II:.

7. Bourgeois Cooking in the 19th Century: Between Tradition and Renewal.

8. Concentrated Broth.

9. The Demon of the Hearth.

10. Shopping for Food.

11. The Age of the Soya Bean.

12. The Great Transformation.

13. Born Under Libra.

Appendices.

1. Diet and Literature.

2. List of Authors.

Notes and References.

Glossary.

Index.

"The Magic Harvest is a concentrated broth of pieces every bit as rich as the cuisine that forms the focus of [Camporesi's] study. There is a convincing unity in these essays. Together, they offer a scholarly history of the slow shifts in the dietary geography and regimes of Italy to the present, a masterly display of the interdisciplinary skills food history demands and of the exciting range of questions it poses, and, not least, a provocative argument about the reasons for, and costs of, the comparatively recent 'invention' of a national 'Italian' cuisine. Coming after Bread of Dreams, this book confirms Piero Camporesi's importance in the evolving field of the history of food." John Walter, University of Essex

"A collection of fascinating scholarly essays ... excellent insight into a culture which most people may only rather simplistically associate with a relatively scant diet of pasta, pizza, tripe and escalopes of veal." The Good Book Guide

"Piero Camporesi is one of the most stimulating and path-breaking historians." Roy Porter

  • Camporesi is one of Europe's most important and original historians of food and culture
  • This is a lively account of the history of popular beliefs about food in Europe
  • His previous book on a similar subject, The Bread of Dreams, was very widely reviewed; the present book should also receive a good deal of exposure.