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[EBOOK / KINDLE] The Virtues of the Table How to Eat and Drink BY Julian Baggini

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E in what we choose to eat we savour taste texture smell Unlike any other creature we cook food we transform it from a base state into something else combining it in various ways with other base ingredients to produce an almost infinite variety of eating experiences You would have to live under a rock to not

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some awareness of modern food related issues that blight our newspapers magazines television and saturate our social media networks It can be intensely overwhelming especially when you are being made to uestion daily the food choices that you make organic food sources GM Fair Trade the ethics or morality behind eating animals obesity fasting food as a social lubricant food as art So someone like Julian Baggini who is a philosopher and writes about issues in such a way as to appeal to a very general audience is well placed to dissect the thinking behind how we eat why we eat and our own peculiar relationship that each of us has with food He wants us to look critically at how we eat where our food comes from to uestion but to not necessarily feel guilty or judged for coming to a decision that may feel guilty or judged for coming to a decision that may be the mainstream or the mantra of the moment If we consider carefully and thoughtfully what we are eating how it gets to our table and how we taste and enjoy what we eat then we are actually doing ok At times the author is a bit of a pointy head wearing his academic philosophy hat a little to tightly but he uickly brings his theories back to the reality of our daily dining experiences I particularly enjoyed his chapter on food as art or food vs art as you will He writes about restaurants such as Noma and El Bulli which take dining to a whole new level fast food chains such as MacDonalds winning awards for its of sourcing of non battery farmed eggs the significance of saying a grace before starting to eat sharing food with strangers foods that are protected by the protected designation of origin established by the EU is there such a thing as locally sourced fruit and vegetables for example tomatoes in winter And so on Despite at times his logic and rationales making me a little cross eyed this book really has made me think about how we eat appreciate the think about how we eat appreciate the around us and what we do with it And if you want of Julian Baggini he has written at least 17 other books pontificating important subjects and has also given a TED talk about is there really a real you Watching this TED talk will give you an idea of how he writes because reading him is exactly like listening to him entertaining wide ranging moving backwards and forwards within the topic and uite compelling What is the meaning behind our everyday mealIf you are an avid foodie a thinker this book is for youThere is no exact answer on how to eat and this is certainly not the objective of the bookInstead this is the ind of book that puts a stone in your shoesSome aspects discussed are selection of food terms like organic GMO local etc preparation of food the eating process itself fasting and so onEach chapter is complemented with the author s recipe. Ants to be Eaten comes a thought provoking exploration of our values and vices What can fasting teach us about autonomy Should we like Kant 'dare to now' cheese Should we take media advice on salt with a pinch of salt And can food be virtuous inherently good than art. ,

I have to admit that it was a brilliant idea to use food as a means to explore many philosophical issues Can cooking be considered an art lends itself to use food as a means to explore many philosophical issues Can cooking be considered an art lends itself to uestions of aesthetics and what exactly is art being just one example Eating and pleasure nicely dovetails into utilitarianism and whether food is indeed a lower pleasure by Mill s definition Baggini writes with clarity and manages the difficult task of simplifying complex ideas without distorting them admirably for the most part There is some repetition and it s clear that he has a very particular point of view which he isn t shy in repeating about what it means to be virtuous the it means to be virtuous and the of leading a life but while the prose is hardly elegant it is well tailored to the lay audience Overall a good broad look at a whole range of ideas not just food related but general philosophical concepts as well but very much for the lay person uite literally and metaphorically food of thought I disliked this book at first and found its didactic tone ironic since its earliest injunction is to uestion labels and think for yourself about food I yearned for the intelligent uestioning tone Hattie Ellis manages in What to Eat However the book grew on me and by the time he describes his short tempered two fingered salute spurred by dieting I was won over It is a very intelligent and thought provoking book and like Ellis s has encouraged me to uestion and to continue to think about food and eating My experience with books about food is nothing ore than a reading of Foer s Eating Animals 3 and a half years ago an experience that then prompted of a sort of but not really change in my eating habits It s a book I now want to revisit but it s not the one I m reviewing hereThis book has a pretty poor start at least that was my experience I almost gave up on it after thirty pages as I didn t want to read a recipe book with some cod philosophy unceremoniously stuffed between the cooking suggestionsThankfully I persevered This book does occasionally vere into the preachy territory of the man standing in the street with a megaphone telling you meat is murder but Baggini makes a far subtle argument than that This book does what is says on the cover in that it encourages you to look at how you eat as well as what you eat Refreshingly it doesn t work too hard to convince you of one particular point of view but at the same time it s not a complete white wash of the subject matter Food is a tricky issue we have to eat to survive but this doesn t mean we shouldn t enjoy the experience Perhaps the most fascinating and original chapter is when the author draws a comparison between the appreciation of art and that of food It s not straightforward Humans don t just feed we eat Similarly we don t just reproduce but we have sex We take pleasure in those things that other creatures do to survive and to further the existence of their species The advantages of this book are it s length it s relatively short and it s prose easy to read but without using pathetic metaphors Unl. How we eat farm and shop for food is not only a matter of taste Our choices regarding what we eat involve every essential aspect of our human nature the animal the sensuous the social the cultural the creative the emotional and the intellectual Thinking seriously abou.

Summary The Virtues of the Table How to Eat and Drink

The Virtues of the Table How to Eat and DrinkIke some cases Baggini makes justified use of references to Kant Derrida and Heidegger amongst others A good starting point if you want to take a closer look at something that is so ingrained in our daily routine that we rarely take the time to think about abstractly Oh and you can skip over the recipe rarely take the time to think about abstractly Oh and you can skip over the recipe I did and I still really enjoyed it An interesting perspective that challenges our perspective and relationship with the food we consume I found myself agreeing and disagreeing with the author in eual measure and while I did find some arguments rather long winded the author does lay down his thought processes in a clear and easy to follow format One of the better food philosophy books I ve read in a while Though it falls into the cliche of including a recipe to bookend each chapter it doesn t feel too cloying as only the general steps are outlined allowing the reader to experiment and come to their own conclusions much like the points presented in this book There are some very encouraging chapters where I read everything with great interest but after a while it started to really get on my nerves Disclaimer i m not a philosophy lover but I don t completely reject every heavyweight principle ever said by well From Notes to Narrative known academics That said Julian s opinion on some pieces like eating meat with compassion did not go well with mine The later the chapters the meta they got and the less about food I would not recommend buying this even if you re into thisind of stuff but I ve read some interesting points so I wouldn t completely condemn it A very interesting read The author use food to talk about Philosophy There Are Some Key Points I Like About1 We There are some Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America key points I like about1 We of practical wisdom too dependent on standard2 We cannot assume chain stores big corporations are bad what we need to do is to understand 3 The only thing Inow is that I God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School know nothing It s a 35 for meThere are some pretty good lessons in here and good points to consider like his chapters on vegetarianismveganism but hmm I don tnow I feel like most of the points are not too difficult to forget Maybe because food is not my favorite reading subject or I m just not too concerned about it Anyway at the end of every part he shares simple recipes that I think are uite friendly no strict measurements and ingredients which is attractive I imagine especially to people not too adept in the Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) kitchen He had been enthusiastic about sharing the principles of a recipe rather than the rigidity of a step by step Very cool of him I think Do we Eat to Live or Live to Eat a uote attributed variously it seems to Benjamin Franklin Cicero Socrates or Moliere Considering the centuries that have elapsed since Socrates was philosophising around 300 400BC it is intriguing that we still spend a lot of thought and energy on analysing the human experience with food You see for us humans eating is not simply about feeding life giving sustenance nutrition energy and survival Sure this is part of the package but what sets us apart from the animal world is that we enjoy our food we take pleasur. T food reuires us to consider our relationship to nature to our fellow animals to each other and to ourselves So can thinking about food teach us about being virtuous and can what we eat help us to decide how to live From the author of The Ego Trick and The Pig that