"You could say my life has been a succession of big dinners enjoyed with as many of my friends and family that can be squeezed around the table--all eating, talking, and laughing. I have sometimes wondered which part I enjoy the most. Is it the tasty meal, the flowing wine, or the boisterous conversation that so often ensues as a result of the first two elements? Marietta McCarty goes at it rather brilliantly from another angle, encouraging you to put the lively conversation first. Choose a philosophical topic from her book, and it comes matched with a dinner menu and music list. Invite a few friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and voila! Welcome to the first seating of your own Philosophy Dinner Club."
, executive chef, restaurateur, and author
"Introspective readers may find this book to be just the therapeutic read--and culinary guidance--they've been needing."
--Northern Virginia Magazine
"The Philosopher's Table
is enchanting...a bulls-eye gift. Very small. Very smart. Very self-assured."
, author of My Father's House: A Childhood in Wartime Bavaria
"For anyone who fears philosophy or feels unable to find an entry to philosophy, [McCarty] provides an easy way in through culture, music, food, and conversation. The writing mirrors the subject matter: clear, thoughtful, musical, sensory. The author gives, and the reader gets
--Daniel J. Meador Jr.
, partner at Morin & Barkley LLP Attorneys at Law
"Talking with Marietta is always great fun. And reading this book is almost as much of a joy as having her in the room with you. If you like ideas and you like food, you are holding in your hands an ideal companion."
, host of WMRA's NPR talk show Virginia Insight