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The Horizon Cookbook and Illustrated History of Eating and Drinking Through the Ages Hardcover – 1969


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: American Heritage Publishing Co. (1969)
  • ASIN: B000NLZ0XI
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,788,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is not your busy women's or men's cookbook; nor is it your diet or strictly vegetarian epistle. It is one of the ultimate"I LOVE to cook books!" There is a wide variety of classical and international recipes that glorify the art of cooking. Each recipe includes brief notes about the country of origin and the context the food was eaten in; for instance the "Dundee Wedding Cake" (with 12 eggs, currants, almonds, etc) gives a brief history of this tradition starting from the Middle Ages in England.
Take your time with each recipe and refer frequently to the companion book with more in depth history and illustrations!! Hopefully, it will come back into print so that I can give it as a gift to many of my friends that love to entertain or just savor a scrumtious meal at home!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Well, if you are a "foodie" and in need of a reading fix, then look no further. This very heavy, 768 work which is comprised of two volumes, is one of the most interesting food books I have ever laid eyes on or had the pleasure of reading. It was first published in 1968 and actually consists of two books. The first is the history of food and the second is a collection of recopies and classic historical menus totally 675.

The first portion of this double delight, as I said, takes a close look at food throughout history beginning in ancient Egypt, and the cradle of civilization and proceeds to work through ancient Greece and Rome. The real story though begins when medieval Europe, Japan and China are addressed. We are then taken on a trip to various countries and cultures, France, Germany, England, Russia, Japan, China, and on and on. This is absolutely delightful reading and popular history at its best. How did the food that we eat today evolve? What were the sources of the many hundreds of dishes that grace our tables today? What caused one society to eat one thing, yet be ignored or be unknown to another? Why are eating utensils use in one way in one area, and yet another somewhere else in the world? When did the mere act of eating become "dinning?" Why has France cornered the market of haute cuisine? Why are so many French Chefs available? How did the etiquette of dinning evolve...when, where and why? Why did peasants often eat better than royalty? Why did so many starve when plenty was to be had by all? These and so very many other questions are all answered here. Reading this work is a food education within itself. If you love food as I do, then you are going to love this read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Highly recommended for school and public libraries. This book traces the evolution of wining and dining and displays a collection of more than 675 recipes and menus from the world's cuisines, past and present.Illustrations are terrific. So sad it is out of print!!
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By Aquaria on September 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
First read this history of food and cooking in 1980.Still am intrigued by the collection of historic recipes, although have yet to try them. The history seems sound and the prose quite readable and very enjoyable.
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Great book set. History is very interesting. I would definitely recommend this book set. Also GREATLY recommend the seller.
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