Non­fic­tion

The Dairy Restaurant

  • From the Publisher
March 16, 2013

Ben Katchor retells the his­to­ry of where we choose to eat — a his­to­ry that starts with the first man who was allowed to enter a walled gar­den and encour­aged by the gar­den’s own­er to enjoy its fruits. He exam­ines the bib­li­cal milk-and-meat taboo, the first veg­e­tar­i­an prac­tices, and the inven­tion of the restau­rant. Through text and draw­ings, Katchor illu­mi­nates the his­tor­i­cal con­flu­ence of events and ideas that led to the devel­op­ment of a milekhdike (dairy) per­son­al­i­ty” and the pro­lif­er­a­tion of dairy restau­rants in Amer­i­ca, and he rec­ol­lects his own expe­ri­ences in many of these icon­ic restau­rants just before they dis­ap­peared.

PART OF THE JEW­ISH ENCOUN­TERS SERIES

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