for his idiosyncratic, entertaining investigations into culinary
practice, Massimo Montanari turns his hungry eye to the phenomenon of
food culture, food lore, cooking methods, and eating habits throughout
irresistible buffet of one hundred concise and engaging essays, this
collection provides stimulating food for thought for those curious
about one of life's most fundamental pleasures.
Focusing on the selection, preparation, and mythology of food,
Montanari traverses such subjects as the status of the pantry over the
centuries, the various strategies of cooking deployed by humans over
time, the gastronomy of famine, the science of flavors, the changing
characteristics of convivial rituals, the customs of the table, and the
ever-evolving identity of food.
Let the Meatballs Rest
And Other Stories About Food and Culture
by Massimo Montanari
University Press, 2012