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A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig

Charles Lamb

Book Overview: 

Exploring the joys of food and also our complicated social relationship with it, these essays are by turns sensuous, mischievous, lyrical and self-mocking. Filled with a sense of hunger, they are some of the most fascinating and nuanced works ever written about eating, drinking and appetite

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Book Excerpt: 

Copyright, 1888
D. Lothrop Company.



Mankind, says a Chinese manuscript, which my friend M. was obliging enough to read and explain to me, for the first seventy thousand ages ate their meat raw, clawing or biting it from the living animal, just as they do in Abyssinia to this day. This period is not obscurely hinted at by their great Confucius in the second chapter of his Mundane Mutations, where he designates a kind of golden age by the term Cho-fang, literally the Cooks' holiday. The manuscript goes on to say, that the art of roasting, or rather broiling (which I take to be the elder brother) was accidentally discovered in the manner following: The swineherd, Ho-ti, having gone out in the woods one morning, as his manner was, to collect . . . Read More

Community Reviews

An interesting book though unlike the others in the series this is more reflections of the author and not ALL of them as I have stated are "foodie" orientated.
There are even chapters on chimney sweeps, London fog AND the confessions of a drunkard so all in all NOT wholly what it states on the book

Anne Fadiman lauds Charles Lamb's essays in one of her own collections of essays, and so I picked this up... oh dear me, Charles Lamb. I knew his sad history from Wikipedia and that he and his sister Mary co-authored the Tales from Shakespeare for Children, but it is quite another to read his essays

An excellent read for trips to the toilet.

Fun if verbose essays in the character of an outrageous sot and glutton. Was alright.

This is a book I received as part of the Penguin Books Great Food Series. It is a collection of essays on a varied selection of topics ranging from the history of roasting suckling pig to Alcoholism and Gluttony. I personally enjoyed the lighter topics included in the collection.

One essay was writte

I'm sorry that this was my first introduction to Charles Lamb, whom I have long wished to read. In their desire to keep to their "great food" theme Penguin searched Lamb's essays for anything that could remotely be considered food-related; however, that means that a lot of the collection was include

Well, here is a very pleasant surprise. This was actually all right! I don't eat or like red meat, so a book titled "A Dissertation upon Roast Pig" did not immediately appeal to me. However, having the entire 20 strong Penguin great food series to read, I didn't really want to skip this one. And to

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