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Photograph, by Claire Stewart, is of chefs Adrienne Jones and David Caban competing in the Kitchen Feud at the New York City College of Technology on April 25, 2013.

By Claire Stewart Review of The Cultivation of Taste: Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining by Christel Lane (Oxford University Press, 2014)     The Cultivation of Taste: Chefs and the Organization of Fine Dining is a dogged endeavor to categorize and analyze the world of Michelin-starred restaurants and the chefs who run them. […]

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The Evolution of Dinner By Claire Stewart A review of Three Squares: The Invention of the American Meal by Abigail Carroll (Basic Books, 2013) [click for pdf]   Food historian Abigail Carroll’s debut book, Three Squares: the Invention of the American Meal, explores the historical reasons why we eat what we do, and when. Combing […]

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We Are Also What We Eat With By Claire Stewart A review of Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson (Basic Books, 2012) Bee Wilson’s Consider the Fork is more than just a pretty book (and it is indeed a pretty book). It is more than just another […]

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Into the Vegetable Garden Bloch-Dano’s collection of lectures can be like a first stroll in a garden, lingering briefly by each vegetable. By Stephanie Tsank A review of Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (The University of Chicago Press, 2012) Excerpt Bloch-Dano is not simply prodding the private lives and histories […]

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Into the Vegetable Garden Bloch-Dano’s collection of lectures can be like a first stroll in a garden, lingering briefly by each vegetable. By Stephanie Tsank A review of Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (The University of Chicago Press, 2012) Excerpt Bloch-Dano is not simply prodding the private lives and histories […]

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February 8, 2017

How does the slogan “man is a wolf to man” fit in with your later, somewhat hopeful image of camaraderie in the class struggle? I mean, if your starting assessment of human nature is correct, then doesn’t the class struggle actually come down to one group of savage beasts fighting another, the exploited class merely comprising those wolves with less opportunity to express their lupine ferocity? And don’t the exploiters no less than the exploited regularly turn against one another, so that besides the strife of classes, there is also the strife of each wolf against every other wolf? Wha...

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Into the Vegetable Garden Bloch-Dano’s collection of lectures can be like a first stroll in a garden, lingering briefly by each vegetable. By Stephanie Tsank A review of Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (The University of Chicago Press, 2012) Excerpt Bloch-Dano is not simply prodding the private lives and histories […]

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December 13, 2016

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Into the Vegetable Garden Bloch-Dano’s collection of lectures can be like a first stroll in a garden, lingering briefly by each vegetable. By Stephanie Tsank A review of Vegetables: A Biography, by Evelyne Bloch-Dano, trans. Teresa Lavender Fagan (The University of Chicago Press, 2012) Excerpt Bloch-Dano is not simply prodding the private lives and histories […]

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November 29, 2016

What a nice review ! I've read Bakewell and admire her courage and skill in mixing biography and philosophy in such an attractive way -- and I admire your skill in presenting the figures and themes of existentialism in an equally attractive way ! Mazel tov !

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