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An Edible History of Humanity Paperback – Illustrated, May 3, 2010

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"Standage succeeds in underscoring the crucial role that food continues to play in our lives." - Washington Post

"The emphasis on food as a cultural catalyst differentiates Standage from Michael Pollan. With Standage...it's not just one food lifting and guiding history, but what Adam Smith might have called the "invisible fork" of food economics." - New Scientist

"Standage's examples are pretty powerful: In his view of the world, the British lost the Revolutionary War in large part because they failed to provide adequate food for their troops; the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 because the regime could not feed its people; and the reason we say someone is a family's "breadwinner" is because of food's practically ancient association with wealth." - Gourmet

"An extraordinary and well-told story, a much neglected dimension of history." - Financial Times

"Cogent, informative and insightful. An intense briefing on the making of our world from the vantage point of food history." - Kirkus

About the Author

Tom Standage is business editor at The Economist magazine and the author of four works of history, including A History of the World in 6 Glasses and The Victorian Internet. He has also written for the Guardian, the New York Times, Wired, and other publications. He is married and has two children.


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  • Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0802719910
  • Product Dimensions : 5.73 x 0.84 x 8.28 inches
  • Language: : English
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    4.4 out of 5 stars 270 ratings
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