Here, the London-based design firm Bompas & Parr delves deeper into the concept of “diplomatic dining” and considers how some of the most significant meals in history have impacted the world we live in.
They raise the curtain (or the tablecloth) on the toasts, roasts, and what really happens in the dining rooms of power by going inside embassies and restaurants and talking with serving ambassadors. The Course of History – Ten Meals That Changed The World, by Stuan Stevenson, provides extensive detail and insight into the broad plans, minute details, and political background of meals that affected history. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the psychology of shared dining and the force behind the dish are forms of the most exquisite art. Before, during, and after many of the major revolutions, wars, and ideological conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries, diplomatic eating has been used as a political instrument. Although it would be naive to believe it could be the answer to the magnitude of some of the challenges the world is currently facing, it is nevertheless a vital diplomatic tool for maintaining friendly and productive working ties between states.