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The Table Comes First Hardcover – 29 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: riverrun (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849162867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849162869
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Table Comes First is a fascinating and sometimes moving reflection on its importance' The Glasgow Herald. (Glasgow Herald)

'In the tradition of A.J. Liebling and M.F.K. Fisher, Adam Gopnik understands how writing about food can produce a prescription for life well lived' Fay Maschler. (Fay Maschler)

'A great read, and important: a treatise on the history of food anchored by the importance of eating, together, food that you like around a table' Independent. (Independent)

'Gopnik is a modern Brillat-Savarin ... His writing, although thought-provoking, is lucid and lovely' Literary Review. (Literary Review)

'The witty journey to these frustrating ends remains fascinating' Metro. (Metro)

'It feeds the mind' The Times. (The Times)

'a sparkling collection of musings on life, liberty and the pursuit of gastronomic satisfaction ... What more can any reader ask than fine writing and intelligent argument from an author of strong opinions who is prepared to slaughter a whole herd of sacred cows and isn't afraid to get down and personal?' Jewish Chronicle. (Jewish Chronicle)

'I need to read anything that Adam Gopnik writes and these essays on food, eating and - it follows - life are a particular feast. His acuity, grace, sensitive intelligence (in short, his brilliance) are, as ever, dazzlingly displayed and yet with the lightest of touches' Nigella Lawson. (Nigella Lawson)

About the Author

Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon and Through the Children's Gate and is a contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.


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