This is a fascinating book that shows us ourselves: like the cannibal, who eats his enemy to appropriate his power, we believe in food's transformative effect, which through devotion to vegetarianism and other special diets will make us "better." It paints a picture both sweeping and precise. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I found this book as overdone and dry as a steak left in the broiler too long.
A great overview of the cultural dynamics of food as determined by environment, imperialism, globalization, religion, capitalism, science and quackery.
There are lots of endnotes to reference if you wish, but the author also makes the material accessible and allows some of his own opinions.
So rich in culinary history and "five-dollar" words! The casual foodie will not enjoy this, but the serious student will probably devour it. A lot of info. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pony princess
The topic is interesting and I have enjoyed other books exploring food-cultural issues. And this book is good for maybe the first half.... Read morePublished 19 months ago by D. S. Nelson
This book is well written but a bit "textbooky" with occasional words I needed to look up. I have an excellent vocabulary so this is significant but it is not too dry. Read morePublished 20 months ago by meganajjcec
Delivered quickly, rare hard to find book, I would like to find more like this one at this great low price. Food history between 600you and 1600the AD.Published on January 9, 2012 by Angus
A great overview of the cultural dynamics of food as determined by environment, imperialism, globalization, religion, capitalism, science and quackery. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by E. Neily
A fascinating and erudite account of our prehistoric and historic relationship with food. The book discusses such things as herding versus hunting, sea weed, cannibalism... etc. Read morePublished on July 15, 2008 by Porgy
This is a great book although, amazon never delivered. I had ordered this book 2 weeks before school(along with 2 other books for school), it never came. Read morePublished on September 24, 2007 by Lindsay A. Nicholls
This book is painfully boring, which is quite an accomplishment, considering how exciting food can be. Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by Robert A. Bahr