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The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik
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Jan 19, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012
Read from November 20, 2011 to January 10, 2012

I really liked this book. I learned a little more about the French revolution, a lot more about cooking, something about the creation of the restaurant and the "food scene" and little bits of philosophy that will stay with me.

I particularly liked the quote, "...I'm inclined to believe that Auden thought that the mouth and eyes were hostile because the mouth always seeks pleasure and the eyes always make judgments. Reconciling the two, our morals and our molars, is what a great meal does - but it can only do it for a moment. Then we are back in the real world of mixed emotions and dubious alliances, where those who share our pleasures are rarely those who please our minds."

In addition to the message, I find delight in the word pair "molars-morals" which I now think of as "we are what we eat".


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