Erika Abbas Hanna's Reviews > Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos of an Ordinary Meal

Much Depends on Dinner by Margaret Visser
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Jan 31, 2008

really liked it

I really liked the structure of this book--choosing one "prototypical" meal and then giving the historical perspectives on each of the ingredients. Other authors have since expanded on these themes (like Mark Kurlansky's Salt...) but usually do a deep dive on one item, rather than covering several. I also liked the balanced, more journalistic rather than judgemental tone, even while Visser has a distinct editorial view. Enjoy!

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