The Table Comes First

Family, France, and the Meaning of Food

by Adam Gopnik

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The author of Paris to the Moon describes his investigation into the meaning and relevance of food in a modern world dominated by pop-culture and moralistic influences, tracing the evolution of present-day practices from French traditions to conclude that people have lost touch with the original purpose of gathering at the table.

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