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Looking at the philosophical issues raised by food this short and accessible book questions the place food should have in our individual lives. It shows how traditional philosophy and its classic texts can illuminate an everyday subject.
A wicked queen orders the palace cook to kill her grandchildren and serve them up for dinner—"in a sauce Robert." But as any good cook knows, this sauce is properly served with game, not domestic animals. Does the ogress transgress? Perhaps, but the cook breaks the rules as well. Deceiving his mistress, he rescues the children and instead serves goat and lamb. In this provocative volume, Louis Marin treats a subject to which some of the most exciting literary criticism has been devoted: the body as represented in text and image. From fairy tales to biblical narrative, from the divine body in the eucharist to the body of Louis XIV as described in his physicians' journals, Marin focuses on the peculiar relationship between verbal and oral functions—speaking and eating, boasting and gluttony, lying and cannibalism. Drawing on the methodologies of semiology, philosophy of language, and literary and art criticism, Marin explores works by Rabelais, La Fontaine, Perrault, and the Logic of Port-Royal. Throughout, he is concerned with the conceptualization of desire and pleasure, justice and force, natural violence and political power—and questions their ideological as well as their symbolic bases.
A reissue of a classic South African cookbook, which is at the same time a book of profound wisdom and great delight. Martin Versveld was a man of many parts and philosopher of renown and, in this work he provides stimulation and, quite literally, food for thought. If it offers new insights into what may be termed the "semiotics of gastronomy", it also transcends our customary systems of thought to become an inquiry into human values.
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Historically, few topics have attracted as much scholarly, professional, or popular attention as food and eating—as one might expect, considering the fundamental role of food in basic human survival. Almost daily, a new food documentary, cooking show, diet program, food guru, or eating movement arises to challenge yesterday’s dietary truths and the ways we think about dining. This work brings together voices from a wide range of disciplines, providing a fascinating feast of scholarly perspectives on food and eating practices, contemporary and historic, local and global. Nineteen essays cover a vast array of food-related topics, including the ever-increasing problems of agricultural globalization, the contemporary mass-marketing of a formerly grassroots movement for organic food production, the Food Network’s successful mediation of social class, the widely popular phenomenon of professional competitive eating and current trends in “culinary tourism” and fast food advertising. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
Food for Thought is the perfect book for anyone who has issues with food and is serious about making a commitment towards healthy living. Registered dietitian Susan Cox shares her personal problems with food, and she understands the frustration of those who suffer through endless, unsuccessful diets. Food for Thought is not a diet plan; it is a non-diet book. Susan's integration of personal stories with sound nutritional advice makes this a fun, easy read that will teach you how to make your own nutritional and fitness decisions and control your own eating behaviors in a way that promotes a healthy lifestyle. Finally, a nutrition expert has written a weight management book that is practical and real. You won't find page after page of mind-boggling biochemical nutritional big talk, just simple real-life wisdom and common sense guidelines. You don't have to spend countless hours plodding through complicated diet books or waste time searching for the latest nutritional tips in health and fitness magazines. Food for Thought provides all the weight management information you need in a quick, simple, and personal read. Join Susan as she dishes up a smorgasbord of healthy, hearty Food for Thought!

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