Daily Archives: November 19, 2014

** Lunch by Megan Elias


I love the idea of posting about Lunch: A History the day after I wrote about cannibals! This book is a modest compendium of historical and cultural facts about the meal we eat at noon, today usually on the run, but the author reminds us that it was once the main meal of the day, back when preparing and cooking that meal was more complicated than grabbing something from the fridge. I found the historical chapters most interesting, along with the many references to the forms the meal takes in many different countries. The section about lunches in the arts was sometimes difficult to follow, since  not all the artwork referenced in the section was illustrated (and what is there is occasionally mis-attributed; Monet and Manet are different painters, with different first names). Then, the book peters out — but I enjoyed most of it.

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