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In the Restaurant with James Baldwin…

Posted 23rd Nov 2017

‘A playful story, most entertaining, and wonderfully documented’ Ferran Adria

In the Restaurant is on shelves now in gorgeous hardback, and asks the question: What does eating out tell us about who we are?

This is the tale of the restaurant in all its guises, from the first formal establishments in eighteenth-century Paris serving ‘restorative’ bouillon, to today’s new Nordic cuisine, via grand Viennese cafés and humble fast food joints.  As this dazzlingly entertaining, eye-opening book shows, the restaurant is where performance, fashion, commerce, ritual, class, work and desire all come together. Through its windows, we can glimpse the world.

It explores culinary stories from both restaurant customers and restaurant workers; as diverse as James Baldwin, Truman Capote and Heston Blumenthal.

Why not get a flavour? Click to read James Baldwin’s not entirely pleasant restaurant experience in 1940s New Jersey >