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Exotic Brew
The Art of Living in the Age of Enlightenment
This is a concise and elegant account of the eating and drinking habits of the upper classes in the eighteenth century.
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  • November 1998
  • 200 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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  • Paperback $31.25
  • 9780745621975
Table of Contents
1. The Science of Savoir Vivre. .

2. The Revenge of the Night.

3. Good Cooks and Skilful Hairdressers.

4. The Purged Century.

5. Heavy and Viscous Meats.

6. The Strange New Adoptions of Listless Gluttony.

7. Ephemeral Decor.

8. A Blissful and Drinkable Eternity.

9. The Botany of the Palate.

10. Perfidious Art.

11. Indian Broth.

12. Mad and Startling Names.

13. Quintessences of Juices.

14. The Lavish Table.

Notes.

Index.

About the Author
Piero Camporesi was formerly Professor of Italian Literature at University of Bologna, Italy.
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Reviews

"Vivid, energetic and mouth-watering ... a major contribution to the surge of interest in the history of food and the body." Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine

"This book is written in a light and entertaining manner appropriate to the spirit of the age it seeks to capture." Journal of the Historical Association

"Replete with quotations from the champions as well as the critics of the Enlightenment's new art of living, this book is written in a light and entertaining manner appropriate to the spirit of the age it seeks to capture." History


"In this intriguing and amusing book, Camporesi guides the reader through the dining rooms of the European elite, painting an intricate picture of the cuisine and 'savoire vivre' of the period. The strongest feature of this work is its wealth of curious details which grant insight into a vivacious and seemingly frivolous society, obsessed with its quest for the exotic and the unorthodox. This highly evocative book is most entertaining and vividly brings to life the distinctive and bizarre lifestyles which were born of Europe's intellectual awakening." Chartist

'Camporesi is ... a beautiful writer who imbues much of the elegance of the Enlightenment era in his composition.' Limina

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