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Eating the Enlightenment: Food and the Sciences in Paris, 1670-1760 Paperback – Nov 1 2012

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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (Oct. 7 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022621446X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226214467
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
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"Astute and wide-ranging. . . . [Spary] places the ideology of consumption in a realm of deliberate choice, where diet and daily practice were closely tied to a growing global pillage and a globalization with little regard to consequence. The seeds of social revolution were not just among the leaves of books."
(Larry Stewart British Journal for the History of Science)

“E. C. Spary successfully demonstrates that food is a serious matter of history, involving learned controversies, commercial networks, medical expertise, and even political stakes. This tasty and nourishing book offers us a fresh and unexpected view on Enlightenment culture and Parisian society and raises this important question: why, after all, do people eat what they eat?”
(Antoine Lilti, École des hautes études en sciences sociales Paris)

About the Author

E. C. Spary is a lecturer in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Utopia’s Garden: French Natural History from Old Regime to Revolution and coeditor of Materials and Expertise in Early Modern Europe: Between Market and Laboratory, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa0316390) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0xa06a472c) out of 5 stars Interesting, but somewhat dense. March 10 2015
By Chris Meade - Published on
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I purchased this book for a senior capstone course in History. This book is full of information regarding the evolution of food and food science, and how these things came to be used for new purposes - such as social/political critique. While the author is surely knowledgeable of her subject, her writing style is somewhat lacking. While the book is packed with information, the author tends to obfuscate her meaning at times - perhaps due to her background in science. This leaves some of the book's key arguments somewhat unfounded without further research. All the same, the book is certainly interesting, especially for those interested in food science, the history of food, and the Enlightenment.
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HASH(0xa0463750) out of 5 stars Five Stars March 29 2015
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