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The Table Comes First


As you're planning your Thanksgiving meal, we're talking to The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik about his latest book, "The Table Comes First." Gopnik says that every human group that's ever been ritualizes its food. Indeed, the way we approach the table defines who we are. The book is a journey from eighteenth-century France to our modern-day obsession with gastronomy. Gopnik joins us Wednesday to answer this question: what is the true meaning of food in our lives? (Rebroadcast)


Adam Gopnik is a long-time staff writer at the New Yorker magazine. He's the author of six books, including Paris to the Moon. His latest is called The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food. It was recently released in paperback.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.