Happy Mardi Gras

Posted in books by Editor on February 12, 2013

If today has you thinking about food and drink . . .

From the University of Chicago Press:

E. C. Spary, Eating the Enlightenment: Food and the Sciences in Paris, 1670-1760 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), 368 pages, ISBN: 978-0226768861, $45.

coverEating the Enlightenment offers a new perspective on the history of food, looking at writings about cuisine, diet, and food chemistry as a key to larger debates over the state of the nation in Old Regime France. Embracing a wide range of authors and scientific or medical practitioners—from physicians and poets to philosophes and playwrights—E. C. Spary demonstrates how public discussions of eating and drinking were used to articulate concerns about the state of civilization versus that of nature, about the effects of consumption upon the identities of individuals and nations, and about the proper form and practice of scholarship. En route, Spary devotes extensive attention to the manufacture, trade, and eating of foods, focusing upon coffee and liqueurs in particular, and also considers controversies over specific issues such as the chemistry of digestion and the nature of alcohol. Familiar figures such as Fontenelle, Diderot, and Rousseau appear alongside little-known individuals from the margins of the world of letters: the draughts-playing café owner Charles Manoury, the “Turkish envoy” Soliman Aga, and the natural philosopher Jacques Gautier d’Agoty. Equally entertaining and enlightening, Eating the Enlightenment will be an original contribution to discussions of the dissemination of knowledge and the nature of scientific authority.

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From ACC Distribution:

Robin Butler with Noel Riley, Great British Wine Accessories, 1550-1900 (Brown & Brown Books, 2013), 288 pages, ISBN: 978-0956349804, £65 / $125.

Screen shot 2013-01-17 at 7.11.29 PMGreat British Wine Accessories 1550-1900 covers all domestic wine accessories from corkscrews and bin labels to coasters and decanters – and so much more besides during the period of its title. While there are monographs on decanters, corkscrews and other disciplines within the subject, this book not only gives a good overview of these areas, but also sets the whole subject in context. The easy style of writing belies the in-depth knowledge imparted within this book.

Contents: Bottles; Bin Labels; Corkscrews; Tasters; Coolers and Cisterns; Wine Funnels; Decanters and Carafes; Wine Jugs; Wine Labels; Coasters and Decanter Trolleys; Glasses Goblets & Cups Misc; Fakes & Problems.

Robin Butler has been an antiques dealer and lecturer since 1963. This is his fourth book, following The Arthur Negus Guide to English Furniture (1976), The Book of Wine Antiques (1986), and The Albert Collection (2009). Robin has made antique wine accessories a separate subject within the antiques world, following his exhibition in 1978 as part of the BADA 60 festival of exhibitions. His Internet business, Butler’s Antiques solely deals in antique wine accessories.

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