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Eating Architecture [Paperback]

Jamie Horwitz , Paulette Singley

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17 Mar 2006
The contributors to this highly original collection of essays explore the relationship between food and architecture, asking what can be learned by examining the (often metaphorical) intersection of the preparation of meals and the production of space. In a culture that includes the Food Channel and the knife-juggling chefs of Benihana, food has become not only an obsession but an alternative art form. The nineteen essays and "Gallery of Recipes" in Eating Architecture seize this moment to investigate how art and architecture engage issues of identity, ideology, conviviality, memory, and loss that cookery evokes. This is a book for all those who opt for the "combination platter" of cultural inquiry as well as for the readers of M. F. K. Fisher and Ruth Reichl.The essays are organized into four sections that lead the reader from the landscape to the kitchen, the table, and finally the mouth. The essays in "Place Settings" examine the relationships between food and location that arise in culinary colonialism and the global economy of tourism. "Philosophy in the Kitchen" traces the routines that create a site for aesthetic experimentation, including an examination of gingerbread houses as art, food, and architectural space. The essays in "Table Rules" consider the spatial and performative aspects of eating and the ways in which shared meals are among the most perishable and preserved cultural artifacts. Finally, "Embodied Taste" considers the sensual apprehension of food and what it means to consume a work of art. The "Gallery of Recipes" contains images by contemporary architects on the subject of eating architecture.

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"Poolside reading for gourmets with upper-echelon IQs." Metropolitan Home "...Serves up a surprisingly palatable experience." Julia Mandell Architecture

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Jamie Horwitz is Associate Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University. Paulette Singley is Associate Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University and in the Department of Arts and Sciences at Art Center College of Design.

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My pleasure 9 April 2011
By Leslie - Published on Amazon.com
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I first discovered this jewel at my college library. I enjoyed it so much I ultimately purchased a copy for my own Food Studies collection. It is visually attractive and an excellent example of fine writing with a thought provoking perspective. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious! 10 July 2004
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Editors Horwitz and Singley have assembled a delectable recipe of essays that graze on an admixture of architecture and food. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've never seen it or read it! 20 May 2011
By cinbin - Published on Amazon.com
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Sorry, I can't help you. I've never seen the book, but the title was very appropriate for the person it was chosen for. It was sent to a relative who's an architect and loves to eat and cook. Obviously, the title appealed. I do hope he likes it, but I haven't heard anything yet. Thanks
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Book, Marred by Poor Typeface 8 Feb 2005
By Dylan Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
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Although what a book says is perhaps the most pressing sphere in which to evaluate it, the way those words are presented can sometimes, sadly, eclipse the content.

This is one of those unfortunate books, cast asunder before it was even fully born. The crime: body text in sans-serif! And not only that, but on glossy pages. I could almost handle the typeface, but it does, truly, give me a headache. Add in the somewhat patchy editing and it makes for a lot of frustration.

A fascinating book with fascinating content. If only I could read it for more than a few minutes at a time. If, like me, you are one of those who refuses to purchase books printed in horrible, difficult-to-read fonts: this is one of them.
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