Fashioning Appetite

Restaurants and the Making of Modern Identity

Joanne Finkelstein

Columbia University Press

Fashioning Appetite

Pub Date: September 2015

ISBN: 9780231167970

224 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $28.00

Pub Date: May 2014

ISBN: 9780231167963

224 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00

Fashioning Appetite

Restaurants and the Making of Modern Identity

Joanne Finkelstein

Columbia University Press

Public spaces have become platforms for the invention and display of self-identity, especially in the affluent West where the restaurant, from local café to Michelin-starred establishment, deftly stages these performances. In this follow-up to her classic Dining Out: A Sociology of Modern Manners, Joanne Finkelstein takes a fragment of social life—restaurant dining—and uses it to examine the dramatic effect our public behavior and social habits have on our private desires and sense of identity.

In Fashioning Appetite, the restaurant becomes a liminal space in which public and private boundaries are constantly renegotiated, where our personal celebrations and seductions are conducted within full view of the next table, and where eating alone has become a perilous social minefield. When food is fetishized and identity becomes a capitalist commodity, the experience of the restaurant transforms appetite into both a pleasure and a torment in which being satisfied with one's meal is linked to being satisfied with oneself. Applying new research in emotional capitalism to popular culture's pervasive images of conspicuous consumption, Finkelstein builds a cultural portrait in which every forkful is weighted with meaning.
An original, inventive, deliciously clever, necessary book that invites overindulgence in all the most delightful ways. Joanne Finkelstein has always had a sharp eye for seeing deep into our cultures of conviviality, consumption, and chic. Glenda Sluga, University of Sydney
I shall never think of restaurants in the same way again—but will enjoy eating out even more. Margaret Mountford, formerly of BBC TV's The Apprentice
Engaging Gary Alan Fine, Gastronomica
The book is not just a notable contribution to the discipline of food studies, but also vital for the larger social science community. Food, Culture & Society
Introduction
1. Fashionable Food
2. Taste and Desire
3. Eating Habits
4. Michelin Stars and Western Obesity
5. The Anomic Consumer
6. The Banality of Food
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Joanne Finkelstein has previously held positions at the University of Sydney and Monash University in Australia and at the University of Greenwich, United Kingdom. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, and has been a board member of the research institute, Food Science Australia.