The Gastronomica Reader (Hardcover)

By Darra Goldstein (Editor)

University of California Press, 9780520259393, 376pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2010

List Price: 42.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Described in the 2008 Saveur 100 as “At the top of our bedside reading pile since its inception in 2001,” the award-winning Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture is a quarterly feast of truly exceptional writing on food. Designed both to entertain and to provoke, The Gastronomica Reader now offers a sumptuous sampling from the journal’s pages—including essays, poetry, interviews, memoirs, and an outstanding selection of the artwork that has made Gastronomica so distinctive. In words and images, it takes us around the globe, through time, and into a dazzling array of cultures, investigating topics from early hominid cooking to Third Reich caterers to the Shiite clergy under Ayatollah Khomeini who deemed Iranian caviar fit for consumption under Islamic law. Informed throughout by a keen sense of the pleasures of eating, tasting, and sharing food, The Gastronomica Reader will inspire readers to think seriously, widely, and deeply about what goes onto their plates.

Gastronomica is a winner of the Utne Reader's Independent Press Award for Social/Cultural Coverage

About the Author

Darra Goldstein is Editor-in-Chief of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture and Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian at Williams College. She is the author of The Georgian Feast: The Vibrant Culture and Savory Food of the Republic of Georgia (UC Press; winner of the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ 1994 Julia Child Cookbook of the Year Award), among other books.

Praise For The Gastronomica Reader

“A volume to browse and absorb.”

— New York Times

“This volume should absorb anyone with an appetite for unconventional food writing.” STARRED REVIEW

— Publishers Weekly

“It is easy to get quickly drawn in and once you do, it is difficult to put this book down.”

— Andrea Rappaport

“Delights in manners ranging from the poetic to the political.”

— Bookforum

“The gloriously illustrated Gastronomica reader is a every bit as good as it looks.”

— Times Literary Supplement (TLS)