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Coffee Paperback – March, 1999

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Inside Claudia Roden's little book Coffee: A Connoisseur's Companion is a veritable treasure of interesting stories, anecdotes, and facts about coffee--all beautifully illustrated with lovely ink-and-color drawings by Murray Zanoni. First published in the early 1980s, Coffee offers a scholarly yet entertaining look at the history of coffee. From its exotic beginnings in Africa and Arabia, coffee swept through Europe and the Americas in the 17th century, profoundly changing patterns of life as it went. Although it suffered religious persecution, social prejudice, and fierce political opposition, coffee reigned supreme and was soon being grown in prodigious quantities around the world. Roden explains the labor-intensive processes of growing coffee and preparing the beans, provides an invaluable guide to the quality beans of the world, and dispenses expert advice on all the steps of coffee preparation, from buying to brewing. The final section is devoted to recipes: heartwarming coffee punches, refreshing iced coffee, and frothy frappes, as well as delicious coffee cakes and desserts. --Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Coffee is one of the essential pleasures of life, but very few people know much about it. Fortunately for us, award-winning food writer Claudia Roden has taken it upon herself to rectify the situation with this scholarly, entertaining, and practical volume. In charming prose, she narrates the fascinating story of coffee as both crop and beverage, and opens up for us the infinite possibilities the drink has to offer.

From its exotic beginnings in Africa and Arabia, coffee swept through Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth century, profoundly changing patterns of life as it went. Although it suffered religious persecution, social prejudice, and fierce political opposition, coffee reigned supreme and was soon being grown in prodigious quantities around the world.

Roden explains the labor-intensive processes of growing coffee and preparing the beans, provides an invaluable guide to the quality beans of the world, and dispenses expert advice on all the steps of coffee preparation, from buying to brewing. The final section is devoted to recipes: heart-warming coffee punches, refreshing iced coffee, and frothy frappes, as well as delicious coffee cakes and desserts.

Enhanced by Murray Zanoni's watercolor illustrations, Roden's book is the perfect guide to this noble, aromatic, and sociable bean.In this scholarly, entertaining, and practical book, the Claudia Roden tells fascinating story of coffee as both crop and beverage, and opens up for us the infinite possibilities the drink has to offer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; Expanded edition edition (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862052832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862052833
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,622,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claudia Roden was born in Cairo, educated in Paris and London, where she has lived for many years. Widely admired as both a great cook and a fine writer, she has written classic works on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cookery and, most recently, her award-winning The Book of Jewish Food.

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Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful just to read; it is rather more like a memoir, full of stories, anecdotes and facts. The history, customs and gracious living associated with coffee culture are well-described by Roden. The end of the book has recipes, including some sweets to go with coffee, punches and other recipes not usually found in books. But mainly, I enjoy reading this book. It's like taking a voyage to the Middle East.
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Format: Hardcover
Wondering what the proper method is to brewing a cup of coffee? Or perhaps all your attempts turn out to be a strange form of liquid mud? This is the book for you. Beautifully illustrated, this book covers all the bases, and then some.
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