The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentricities, and Meaning of Table Manners
By Margaret Visser
Why this book?
Manners can be a dull topic when merely outlined in a reference book of rules (hold your fork this way, pass the salt like so, etc…), but when woven into historical and cultural context, as Visser does here, all these hows and whys suddenly come to life. Visser covers everything from spitting to sitting, from banquets to burgers.
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