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Response to Review of Eating the Enlightenment: Food and the Sciences in Paris, 1670-1760

I am grateful to Jennifer Davis for her rich and thoughtful review of Eating the Enlightenment. Intended as a snapshot of contestations over alimentary authority in the public domain, the book is not structured as a chronological investigation of particular forms of authority over time. Davis rightly questions how such a narrative would look, andContinue reading “Response to Review of Eating the Enlightenment: Food and the Sciences in Paris, 1670-1760”

The Invention of the Restaurant. Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture

This, Rebecca Spang's first book, is the well-merited recipient of the Thomas J. Wilson prize, awarded by Harvard University Press to the best book it publishes in a given year. The Invention of the Restaurant concerns the emergence of the restaurant as public space and the concomitant development of an authentic discourse and doctrine ofContinue reading “The Invention of the Restaurant. Paris and Modern Gastronomic Culture”