The Resource Cheese, pears, & history: : in a proverb, (electronic resource)

Cheese, pears, & history: : in a proverb, (electronic resource)

Label
Cheese, pears, & history: : in a proverb
Title
Cheese, pears, & history:
Title remainder
in a proverb
Title variation
Cheese, pears, and history
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Do not let the peasant know how good cheese is with pears" goes the extremely well known yet hard to decipher saying. Intrigued by this proverb, which has endured since the Middle Ages, Massimo Montanari launches an adventurous history of its origins and utility. Perusing archival cookbooks, agricultural and dietary treatises, literary works, and anthologies of beloved proverbs, Montanari finds in the nobility's demanding palettes and delicate stomachs a deep love of cheese with pears from medieval times onward. At first, cheese and its visceral, earthy pleasures was treated as the food of Polyphemus, the uncivilized man-beast. The pear, on the other hand, became the symbol of ephemeral, luxuriant pleasure--the indulgence of the social elite. Joined together, cheese and pears embodied an exclusive savoir faire, especially as the notion of taste as a natural phenomenon evolved into a cultural attitude. Montanari's delectable history straddles the line between written and oral tradition, between economic and social relations, and it thrills in the vivid power of mental representation. He ultimately discovers that the ambiguous proverb, so wrapped up in history, is not a repository of shared wisdom but a rich locus of social conflict
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Cataloging source
Midwest
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1949-
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Montanari, Massimo
Dewey number
394.1/2
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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hoopla digital
Series statement
Arts and traditions of the table
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  • Food habits
  • Food habits
  • Proverbs, Italian
  • Food in popular culture
  • Food
  • Electronic books
Target audience
adult
Label
Cheese, pears, & history: : in a proverb, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11861991
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Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11861991
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
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MWT11861991
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11861991
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Cheese, pears, & history: : in a proverb, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11861991
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11861991
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Publisher number
MWT11861991
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11861991
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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