Janet A. Flammang
The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society
Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009
Reviewed by Robert Nye , 2012

Hypatia 27.4 (2012): 946-948
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Robert A. Nye is an emeritus professor of the humanities and history at Oregon State University.  He has published several books in modern French history and the history of modern sexuality, including Masculinity and Male Codes of Honor in Modern France (1998) and Sexuality (1999), and fifty scholarly articles.  His most recent publications deal with masculinity and war, the history of medical ethics, and the discursive and scientific evolution of sex and gender.


Flammang's manifesto—and it is certainly that—is historically informed, certainly correct in arguing for the centrality of manners and table comportment for the cultivation of civilized behavior, and right on the money when it comes to the banality and unhealthiness of industrial and fast food.