From the Publisher
Transplanted Canadian, New Yorker writer and author of
Paris to the Moon, Gopnik is publishing this major
new work of narrative non-fiction alongside his 2011 Massey
Lecture. An illuminating, beguiling tour of the morals and manners
of our present food manias, in search of eating''s deeper truths,
asking "Where do we go from here?"
Never before have so many North Americans cared so much about food.
But much of our attention to it tends towards grim calculation
(what protein is best? how much?); social preening ("I can always
score the last reservation at xxxxx"); or graphic machismo ("watch
me eat this now"). Gopnik shows we are not the first food
fetishists but we are losing sight of a timeless truth, "the table
comes first": what goes on around the table matters as much to life
as what we put on the table: families come together (or break
apart) over the table, conversations across the simplest or
grandest board can change the world, pain and romance unfold around
it--all this is more essential to our lives than the provenance of
any zucchini or the road it travelled to reach us. Whatever
dilemmas we may face as omnivores, how not what we eat ultimately
defines our society.
Gathering people and places drawn from a quarter century''s
reporting in North America and France, The Table Comes
First marks the beginning a new conversation about the way
we eat now.
About the Author
ADAM GOPNIK was raised and educated in Montreal, is married to a
Winnipegger, and still has strong ties to family here. He has been
writing for the New Yorker since 1986. Gopnik lived in
Paris from 1995 to 2000, when he wrote the international bestseller
From Paris to the Moon. He is a three-time winner
of the National Magazine Awards for Essays and for Criticism and
winner of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He now
lives in New York with his wife and their two children.
Published: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 030739901X
ISBN - 13: 9780307399014