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The Love Diary Of A Zulu Boy - A Memoir (Paperback): Bhekisisa Mncube The Love Diary Of A Zulu Boy - A Memoir (Paperback)
Bhekisisa Mncube
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) In stock

The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy is a fable of lust, love, sex, obsession, loss, friendship, betrayal and fantasy. By turns erotic, romantic, tragic and comic, it is inspired by the real-life drama of a romantic relationship between a Zulu boy and an Englishwoman.

A series of diary entries takes us on a whirlwind tour of a relationship that has not only survived, but thrived for 17 years. As the author reflects on love across the colour line, it triggers memories of failed affairs and bizarre experiences: love spells, wet dreams, infidelity, sexually transmitted diseases, a phantom pregnancy, sexless relationships, threesomes and prostitution.

A unique book for the South African market, The Love Diary of a Zulu Boy is written with an honesty rarely encountered in autobiographical writing.

Anatoli - Authentic Turkish Cuisine (Paperback): Tayfun Aras Anatoli - Authentic Turkish Cuisine (Paperback)
Tayfun Aras
R375 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R46 (12%) In stock

An authentic Turkish cookbook by the owner of the Turkish restaurant Anatoli in Cape Town.

Travel with Tayfun Aras to Turkey and get to know him and the food tradition he grew up with better. Tayfun, who made South Africa his home in 1998 after marrying an Afrikaans girl, Louise, shares the restaurant’s most popular recipes. The dishes range from simple mezes and delectable main courses (lamb dishes and kebabs) to fabulous desserts (baklava and kadayif) and drinks (Turkish coffee and tea and the national drink raki). All ingredients are readily available in South Africa.

Get to know Turkish food tradition and culture as well as the heart of Turkish food: complex, honest food shared with Turkish generosity.

Wit Issie 'n Colour Nie - Angedrade Stories (Afrikaans, Paperback): Nathan Trantraal Wit Issie 'n Colour Nie - Angedrade Stories (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Nathan Trantraal
R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 In stock

‘Miskien issit omdat poverty my define en nie die racial politics vannie land ie.’

Wit issie ’n colour nie is ’n versameling verhale oor grootword en die lewe in die buitewyke van die Kaapse Vlakte. Dit dek identiteit, rassepolitiek, sosio- ekonomiese kwessies en bruin kultuur, en bevraagteken die Suid-Afrika waarin ons ons bevind. Dit is gevul met galgehumor, rou eerlikheid en hartverskeurende vertellings van pogings om die lewe op die Vlakte te navigeer. Hierdie versameling is diep persoonlik en ’n ontstellend waar weergawe van die lewe aan die ander kant van die spoor, geskryf in Kaapse Afrikaans.

Selfie - How We Became So Self-Obsessed And What It's Doing To Us (Paperback): Will Storr Selfie - How We Became So Self-Obsessed And What It's Doing To Us (Paperback)
Will Storr 1
R358 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R133 (37%) Within 7 - 12 working days

We live in an age of perfectionism.

Every day, we’re bombarded with the beautiful, successful, slim, socially-conscious and extroverted individual that our culture has decided is the perfect self. We see this person constantly in shop windows, in newspapers, on the television, at the movies and all over our social media. We berate ourselves when we don’t match up to them – when we’re too fat, too old, too poor or too sad. This cycle can be extremely bad for us. In recent years, psychologists have even begun to think that many people take their own lives because of the impossible standards that are set for who they ought to be.

Will Storr began to wonder about this perfect self that torments so many of us. Who, actually, is this person? Why does it hold such power over us? Could it be humanity’s deadliest idea? And, if so, is there any way we can break its spell? To find out, Storr takes us on a journey from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, the encounter groups of 1960s California and self-esteem evangelists of the late twentieth century to modern-day America, where research suggests today’s young people are in the grip of an epidemic of narcissism. He’ll tell the strange story of the individualist Western self from its birth on the Aegean to the era of hyper-individualistic neoliberalism in which we find ourselves today.

Selfie reveals, for the first time, the epic tale of the person we all know so intimately . . . because it’s us.

Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies (Paperback, 2): Melanie K. Smith Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies (Paperback, 2)
Melanie K. Smith
R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 In stock

The extensively revised second edition of Issues in Cultural Tourism Studies provides a new framework for analyzing the complexity of cultural tourism and its increasing globalization in existing as well as emergent destinations of the world. The book will focus in particular on the need for even more creative tourism strategies to differentiate destinations from each other using a blend of localized cultural products and innovative global attractions.

The book explores many of the most pertinent issues in heritage, arts, festivals, indigenous, ethnic and experiential cultural tourism in urban and rural environments alike. This includes policy and politics; impact management and sustainable development; interpretation and representation; marketing and branding; and regeneration and planning. As well as exploring the inter-relationships between the cultural and tourism sectors, local people and tourists, the book provides suggestions for more effective and mutually beneficial collaboration. New edition features include:

  • an increased number of topical case studies and contemporary photographs which serve to contextualize the issues discussed
  • a re-orientation towards global rather than just European issues
  • three brand new chapters on The Geography of Cultural Tourism, The Politics of Global Cultural Tourism, and The Growth of Creative Tourism
  • an extensively revised chapter on Experiential Tourism.

At the interface between the global and the local, a people-centred approach to planning and development is advocated to ensure that benefits are maximized for local areas, a sense of place and identity are retained, and the tourist experience is enhanced to the full. The text is unique in that it provides a summary and a synthesis of all of the major issues in global cultural tourism, which are presented in an accessible way using a diverse range of international case studies. This is a beneficial and valuable resource for all tourism students.

The Great South African Cookbook (Hardcover): The Great South African Cookbook (Hardcover)
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R455 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R75 (16%) In stock

67 of South Africa's finest cooks, chefs, gardeners, bakers, farmers, foragers and local food heroes let us into their homes - and their hearts - as they share the recipes they make for the people they love.

Each recipe is accompanied by stunning original photography that captures the essence of our beautiful country.

Featuring over 130 recipes, from tried and true classics to contemporary fare, The Great South African Cookbook showcases the diversity and creativity of South Africa's vibrant, unique food culture.

The Food Lover's Handbook (Paperback): Mark Price The Food Lover's Handbook (Paperback)
Mark Price 2
R352 R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Save R87 (25%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In this beautifully illustrated handbook, food expert Mark Price shines the spotlight on 40 of the most popular foods - from everyday items like tea, coffee and cheese, to luxury products like caviar and chocolate. A timely and topical guide for foodies and everyday shoppers, this book dispels unhelpful food myths and provides fact-based, unbiased accounts of where food comes from, the morals behind different production methods, and why prices and taste vary.

This book will equip readers and shoppers with the tools they need to be able to make informed decisions about what to buy and how much to spend. Standing apart from subjective discussions about taste, and debates around health and nutrition, this book clearly and concisely explains why the cheapest to the most expensive foods cost what they do.

Peppered throughout with first-hand experience and anecdotes, Mark Price goes back to the origins of these items, their historical significance and perceived value in today's society, and advice on the products you should 'try before you die'!

The End Of Whiteness - Satanism & Family Murder In South Africa (Paperback): Nicky Falkof The End Of Whiteness - Satanism & Family Murder In South Africa (Paperback)
Nicky Falkof 1
R250 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R52 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

The End Of Whiteness aims to reveal the pathological, paranoid and bizarre consequences that the looming end of apartheid had on white culture in South Africa, and overall to show that whiteness is a deeply problematic category that needs to be deconstructed and thoughtfully considered.

This book uses contemporary media material to investigate two symptoms of this late apartheid cultural hysteria that appeared throughout the contemporary media and in popular literature during the 1980s and 1990s, showing their relation to white anxieties about social change, the potential loss of privilege and the destabilisation of the country that were imagined to be an inevitable consequence of majority rule.

The ‘Satanic panic’ revolved around the apparent threat posed by a cult of white Satanists that was never proven to exist but was nonetheless repeatedly accused of conspiracy, murder, rape, drug-dealing, cannibalism and bestiality, and blamed for the imminent destruction of white Christian civilisation in South Africa.

During the same period an unusually high number of domestic murder-suicides occurred, with parents killing themselves and their children or other family members by gunshot, fire, poison, gas, even crossbows and drownings. This so-called epidemic of family murder was treated by police, press and social scientists as a plague that specifically affected white Afrikaans families. These double monsters, both fantastic and real, helped to disembowel the clarities of whiteness even as they were born out of threats to it. Deep within its self-regarding modernity and renegotiation of identity, contemporary white South Africa still wears those scars of cultural pathology.

Decolonising the Mind - The Politics of Language in African Literature (Paperback): Ngugi wa Thiong'o Decolonising the Mind - The Politics of Language in African Literature (Paperback)
Ngugi wa Thiong'o 1
R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Within 7 - 12 working days

Ngugi describes this book as 'a summary of some of the issues in which I have been passionately involved for the last twenty years of my practice in fiction, theatre, criticism and in teaching of literature.' East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda): EAEP

Regarding Muslims - From slavery to post-apartheid (Paperback): Gabeba Baderoon Regarding Muslims - From slavery to post-apartheid (Paperback)
Gabeba Baderoon
R352 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R73 (21%) In stock

How do Muslims fit into South Africa's well-known narrative of colonialism, apartheid and postapartheid? South Africa is infamous for apartheid, but the country's foundation was laid by 176 years of slavery from 1658 to 1834, which formed a crucible of war, genocide and systemic sexual violence that continues to haunt the country today. Enslaved people from East Africa, India and South East Asia, many of whom were Muslim, would eventually constitute the majority of the population of the Cape Colony, the first of the colonial territories that would eventually form South Africa. Drawing on an extensive popular and official archive, Regarding Muslims analyses the role of Muslims from South Africa's founding moments to the contemporary period and points to the resonance of these discussions beyond South Africa. It argues that the 350-year archive of images documenting the presence of Muslims in South Africa is central to understanding the formation of concepts of race, sexuality and belonging. In contrast to the themes of extremism and alienation that dominate Western portrayals of Muslims, Regarding Muslims explores an extensive repertoire of picturesque Muslim figures in South African popular culture, which oscillates with more disquieting images that occasionally burst into prominence during moments of crisis. This pattern is illustrated through analyses of etymology, popular culture, visual art, jokes, bodily practices, oral narratives and literature. The book ends with the complex vision of Islam conveyed in the postapartheid period.

Ties that bind - Race and the politics of friendship in South Africa (Paperback): Shannon Walsh, Jon Soske Ties that bind - Race and the politics of friendship in South Africa (Paperback)
Shannon Walsh, Jon Soske
R380 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R81 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

What does friendship have to do with racial difference, settler colonialism and post-apartheid South Africa? While histories of apartheid and colonialism in South Africa have often focused on the ideologies of segregation and white supremacy, Ties that Bind explores how the intimacies of friendship create vital spaces for practices of power and resistance. Combining interviews, history, poetry, visual arts, memoir and academic essay, the collection keeps alive the promise of friendship and its possibilities while investigating how affective relations are essential to the social reproduction of power. From the intimacy of personal relationships to the organising ideology of liberal colonial governance, the contributors explore the intersection of race and friendship from a kaleidoscope of viewpoints and scales. Insisting on a timeline that originates in settler colonialism, Ties that Bind uncovers the implication of anti-Blackness within nonracialism, and powerfully challenges a simple reading of the Mandela moment and the rainbow nation. In the wake of countrywide student protests calling for decolonization of the university, and reignited debates around racial inequality, this timely volume insists that the history of South African politics has always already been about friendship. Written in an accessible and engaging style, Ties that Bind will interest a wide audience of scholars, students, and activists, as well as general readers curious about contemporary South African debates around race and intimacy.

Here Comes The Snake In The Grass (Paperback): Eric Miyeni Here Comes The Snake In The Grass (Paperback)
Eric Miyeni
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

"Did Mandela work for nothing?"
"Mr Sushi comes to town"
"Give me a corrupt black any day"

These are just some of Eric Miyeni’s newspaper columns and opinion pieces, which have earned him friends and enemies alike. Known for his straight-talking frankness, his views on subjects ranging from politics and travel to big business and sport elicit strong responses.

Here Comes The Snake In The Grass is a selection of Eric Miyeni’s columns and occasional writings covering a variety of topics, from Julius Malema, Oprah Winfrey and Brenda Fassie to the value of radio, the true cost of crime, the need for excellence in South Africa and the difficulty of finding love in the modern world. Some of the writings in this collection court controversy, addressing issues many want hidden from view; others provide glimpses of the writer’s softer side. All show why Eric Miyeni’s is an unmistakeable voice in the South African media.

Alternately hard-hitting and personal, rousing and funny, Here Comes The Snake In The Grass is an entertaining and informative look at the South African cultural landscape.

When to Rob a Bank - And 147 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intentioned Rants from the Freakonomics Guys (Paperback): Steven... When to Rob a Bank - And 147 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intentioned Rants from the Freakonomics Guys (Paperback)
Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner 2
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Why don't flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken? Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Freakonomics.com. Now the very best of this writing has been carefully curated into one volume, the perfect solution for the millions of readers who love all things Freakonomics. Discover why taller people tend to make more money; why it's so hard to predict the Kentucky Derby winner; and why it might be time for a sex tax (if not a fat tax). You'll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner's own quirks and passions. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, When to Rob a Bank demonstrates the brilliance that has made their books an international sensation.

Representation - Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Sean Nixon, Stuart Hall,... Representation - Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Sean Nixon, Stuart Hall, Jessica Evans 1
R771 R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Save R137 (18%) In stock

Since 1997 Representation has been the go-to textbook for students learning the tools to question and critically analyze institutional and media texts and images.

This long-awaited second edition:

  • updates and refreshes the approaches to representation, signalling key developments in the field
  • addresses the emergence of new technologies, media formats, politics and theories
  • includes an entirely new chapter on celebrity culture and reality TV
  • offers new exercises, readings, images and examples for a new generation of students

This book once again provides an indispensible resource for students and teachers in cultural and media studies.

Racism, Memory and the Apartheid Archive - Towards A Psychosocial Praxis (Paperback): Garth Stevens, Norman Duncan, Derek Hook Racism, Memory and the Apartheid Archive - Towards A Psychosocial Praxis (Paperback)
Garth Stevens, Norman Duncan, Derek Hook
R352 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R73 (21%) In stock

For decades the global gaze on South African society invariably focused on it as a symbol of the inevitable excesses of social engineering, racism and violence under the apartheid dispensation; with astonishment at the apparent exceptionalism of the `miracle' transition that occurred to democratic rule and the dismantling of apartheid; and, more recently, on the resurgence of newer manifestations of racialisation and violence in post-apartheid South Africa. This book recognises and confronts this complex history of racialised oppression, as well as the future possibilities and impossibilities of transforming South African society through a reengagement with the apartheid archive - an archive that allows us to understand the continued impact of the past on our present social, subjective and psychological realities. Located within a psychosocial approach that is uniquely suited to the socio-historical and psychical analysis of racism, this book relies mainly on the memories, stories and narratives of ordinary people, submitted to the Apartheid Archive Project, as its source material. It provokes us into thinking about racism as grounded as much in affective as in macro-political means, in the functioning of both intrapsychic and material forms, perpetuated as much in private as in institutional domains.

Killing It - Learning the Art of Butchery (Hardcover): Camas Davis Killing It - Learning the Art of Butchery (Hardcover)
Camas Davis 1
R371 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R98 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

After breaking up with the man she thought she'd marry and losing her job as a magazine editor, Camas Davis felt totally lost. Out of love with her life and the world, she knew one thing: that she wanted to make a change. Camas had spent much of her career writing about food, but she had never forced herself to grapple with how it actually got to her plate. And so she set off for France. There, in the rolling countryside of Gascony, she was welcomed in by the Chapolard brothers, a family of pig-farmers and butchers. They would teach her the art of butchery, and with it the art of eating and drinking the Gascon way. Surrounded by farmers, producers, cooks and food-lovers, eating some of the world's least processed and most lovingly made food, Camas discovered the very authenticity she'd longed for in her old life. She just needed to return to America, and bring what she'd learnt back with her . . . Killing It is a book about a woman doing something simultaneously extreme and unexpected, yet incredibly simple - a return to a relationship with food we only lost a few decades ago. Funny, irreverent, and totally inspiring, this is a story about turning your life upside down and starting again, it is about falling in and out of love, and it is about understanding what it means to be human and what it means to be animal too.

Orientalism (Paperback, 25th Anniversary Ed With 1995 Afterword Ed): Edward W. Said Orientalism (Paperback, 25th Anniversary Ed With 1995 Afterword Ed)
Edward W. Said 1
R280 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R110 (39%) In stock

In this highly acclaimed work, Edward Said surveys the history and nature of Western attitudes towards the East, considering Orientalism as a powerful European ideological creation – a way for writers, philosophers and colonial administrators to deal with the ‘otherness’ of Eastern culture, customs and beliefs. He traces this view through the writings of Homer, Nerval and Flaubert, Disraeli and Kipling, whose imaginative depictions have greatly contributed to the West’s romantic and exotic picture of the Orient. In his new preface, Said examines the effect of continuing Western imperialism after recent events in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq.

With a new preface by the author

English (Hardcover): Ben Fogle English (Hardcover)
Ben Fogle 1
R446 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R137 (31%) Within 7 - 12 working days

What makes the English English? Is it their eccentricity, their passionate love (or, indeed, hatred) of Marmite - or is it something less easily defined? Beginning at the top of a muddy Gloucestershire slope at the Coopers Hill cheese-rolling contest and traversing a landscape of lawns and queues, coastlines and sporting arenas, Ben Fogle takes us on a journey through the peculiarly English: a country of wax jackets, cricket, boat races and jellied eels, by way of national treasures such as the shipping forecast, fish and chips and the Wellington boot. Not to mention the Dunkirk spirit of relentless optimism in the face of adversity, be it the heroic failure of Captain Scott's doomed Antarctic expedition, or simply the perennial hope for better weather. The archetypal Englishman - lover of labradors and Land Rovers yet holder of two passports - Ben applauds all things quintessentially English while also paying tribute to the history, culture and ideas adopted with such gusto that they have become part of the fabric of the country. Written with Ben's trademark warmth and wit, this is a light-hearted yet touching tribute to all things English.

The Story of Food - An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat (Hardcover): Dk The Story of Food - An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat (Hardcover)
Dk; Foreword by Giles Coren 1
R430 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R93 (22%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Includes a foreword by Giles Coren. Explore the rich stories, symbolism, and traditions that come wrapped up in the food on our plates - food that not only feeds our bodies but also makes up our culture. In The Story of Food; An Illustrated History of Everything We Eat our millennia-old relationship with nearly 200 foods - from nuts and seeds to noodles and meat - is sumptuously illustrated, with tales from all over the world. Food is the cornerstone of daily life, culture, and even religion. Staples like bread, rice, and salt are part of our culinary history, used in many ways all over the world. The Story of Food tells the extraordinary stories behind the foods we eat: from salt to sushi and rice to ravioli. It reveals, for example, that Pope Clement XIV was assassinated with poisoned drinking chocolate and tells the story of how coffee went being from a banned substance in some European countries to become the world's favourite hot drink. A true celebration of food in all its forms, this book explores the early efforts of humans in their quest for sustenance through the stories of individual foods. Covering all food types including nuts and grains, fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, and herbs and spices, this fascinating reference provides the facts on all aspects of a food's history. It explains how foods have become a part of our culture from their origins to how they are eaten and their place in world cuisine. The Story of Food is packed glorious images to create a feast for the eyes, while the stories intrigue, surprise, and enthrall. This is essential reference for every foodie.

Handbook of Cultural Security (Hardcover): Yasushi Watanabe Handbook of Cultural Security (Hardcover)
Yasushi Watanabe
R3,651 Discovery Miles 36 510 Within 7 - 12 working days

How are cultural identities, values and traditions challenged, appropriated and negotiated? What does `being secure' mean? Is `soft power' merely a continuation of imperialism? The Handbook of Cultural Security heightens our awareness of the interplay between `culture' and `society' in the age of globalization, and explores the emerging concept of cultural security. With chapters from leading experts providing case studies from across the world this timely and unique Handbook examines the relationship between society, culture, and security in a globalizing world. Providing a diverse examination of the topic, the contributors emphasize the role of `non traditional' security and seek to define what `being secure' means across a broad number of contexts. Chapters cover topics ranging from the politics of radical Islam, the global spread of gated communities, and cultures of security and surveillance to discussions of the concept of soft power; the forms it takes, and the impacts of `exporting' culture. This Handbook provides a platform for future debate in both academic and policy fields, and as such will be of interest for both students of public and social policy, international relations, and politics, as well as those engaged in shaping policy in these areas.

Arts and Culture - Workbook (Paperback): Arts and Culture - Workbook (Paperback)
R342 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R43 (13%) Within 4 - 8 working days
Formerly Known as Food - How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture (Hardcover): Kristin Lawless Formerly Known as Food - How the Industrial Food System Is Changing Our Minds, Bodies, and Culture (Hardcover)
Kristin Lawless
R444 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R112 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The White Album (Paperback): Joan Didion The White Album (Paperback)
Joan Didion
R224 R137 Discovery Miles 1 370 Save R87 (39%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Joan Didion's hugely influential collection of essays which defines, for many, the America which rose from the ashes of the Sixties. We tell ourselves stories in order to live. The princess is caged in the consulate. The man with the candy will lead the children into the sea. In this now legendary journey into the hinterland of the American psyche, Didion searches for stories as the Sixties implode. She waits for Jim Morrison to show up, visits the Black Panthers in prison, parties with Janis Joplin and buys dresses with Charles Manson's girls. She and her reader emerge, cauterized, from this devastating tour of that age of self discovery into the harsh light of the morning after.

I May Be Some Time - The Story Behind the Antarctic Tragedy of Captain Scott (Paperback): Francis Spufford I May Be Some Time - The Story Behind the Antarctic Tragedy of Captain Scott (Paperback)
Francis Spufford 1
R226 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R45 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

When Captain Scott died in 1912 on his way back from the South Pole, his story became a myth embedded in the national imagination. Everyone remembers the doomed Captain Oates's last words: 'I'm just going outside, and I may be some time.' Francis Spufford's celebrated and prize-winning history shows how Scott's death was the culmination of a national enchantment with vast empty spaces, the beauty of untrodden snow, and perilous journeys to the end of the earth.

Gastrophysics - The New Science of Eating (Paperback): Charles Spence Gastrophysics - The New Science of Eating (Paperback)
Charles Spence 1
R257 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R105 (41%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A ground-breaking book by the world-leading expert in sensory science: Freakonomics for food 'Popular science at its best' - Daniel Levitin Why do we consume 35% more food when eating with one more person, and 75% more when with three? Why are 27% of drinks bought on aeroplanes tomato juice? How are chefs and companies planning to transform our dining experiences, and what can we learn from their cutting-edge insights to make memorable meals at home? These are just some of the ingredients of Gastrophysics, in which the pioneering Oxford professor Charles Spence shows how our senses link up in the most extraordinary ways, and reveals the importance of all the 'off-the-plate' elements of a meal: the weight of cutlery, the placing on the plate, the background music and much more. Whether dining alone or at a dinner party, on a plane or in front of the TV, he reveals how to understand what we're tasting and influence what others experience. Mealtimes will genuinely never be the same again. 'Truly accessible, entertaining and informative. On every page there are ideas to set you thinking and widen your horizons' - Heston Blumenthal, OBE 'His delight in weird food facts is infectious...fascinating' - James McConnachie, Sunday Times 'Gastrophysics is packed with such tasty factual morsels that could be served up at dinner parties. If Spence can percolate all these factual morsels to the mainstream, the benefits to all of us would be obvious' - Nick Curtis, Daily Telegraph 'Spence allows people to appreciate the multisensory experience of eating' - New Yorker 'The scientist changing the way we eat' - Guardian

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