Review: The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food, by Adam Gopnik

In this book Gopnik covers the centuries-old history of the restaurant and cafe as well as larger questions about the meaning of food and the sense of taste. He and his family have lived in Paris and they are featured in some of the chapters with a few recipes for favorite meals. Having done a huge amount of research for these topics, Gopnik presents it all in what I found to be way too much detail. Several of the chapters were originally New Yorker essays and profiles. I listened to the audio book which is narrated by the author.

RATING: * * OK

Reviewed by: kh

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