Food, Feast and Fast

The Christian Era from Ancient world to Enviromental Crisis

P. Fintan Lyons

While restraint for health and dietary programmes is on the rise, fasting for religious motvies has declined greatly in Western society. Equally, compared to the lavish feastal celebrations of the past, the luxurious excess of consumption has also wained in its extravagance. This book is about how Christians have negotiated the relationship between
Date Published :
June 2020
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Columba Books
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ISBN : 9781782183716
Pages : 408
Dimensions : 6.1 X 8.8 inches
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This book aims to change our view of food and the lack of it. The format of short chapters with concise conclusions makes this book very attractive and readable. Lyons offers a magisterial history of feasting and fasting, from Cain and Abel to the ascetic monks on Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry, from the long-term consequences of the Black Death to the challenge of Calvin, and from De Tocqueville’s comments on the American diet. We learn of changes in the design of kitchens and dining rooms, the introduction of forks and knives, and the histories of animal welfare and vegetarianism.

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