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Food Fights & Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste Hardcover – March 14, 2017
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“Glorious . . . eclectic and free-ranging . . . delightful information made more delightful still by lavish illustrations . . . of cakes that look like architectural follies and advertisements for ‘fluid beef’ that promise fortifying masculine results.”
- Lisa Abend, The New York Times Book Review
“Astonishing . . . [A] wide-ranging history of food―and civilization itself.”
- Entertainment Weekly
“A fun and engaging illustrated history of food.”
“[Nealon] serves up the literary equivalent of tapas: elegant, nourishing, and enjoyable stories that leave room for what comes next. As with those small, delicious dishes, a favorite among the offerings here is hard to choose.”
- Rebecca Rego Barry, Paste
“Enjoy dinner with a side of history . . . and in between these cold-hard facts is some great eye candy.”
- Tasting Table
“Tracing the history of culinary practice, Nealon uncovers some fascinating and significant relationships between food and seemingly disparate historical events. Diverse elements, from carp to chocolate to barbecue, each turn out to have significantly influenced historical eras and episodes . . . Nealon keeps his prose lighthearted, but never to the point of undermining his deep historical and cultural research . . . [This] ever-entertaining text wraps around lavish, copious illustrations . . . and they deserve closest scrutiny.”
“Nealon applies his deep knowledge and dry wit to some of the most prevalent of modern foods, from chocolate to mayonnaise to Marmite.”
- Munchies - VICE
“As someone guilty of skimming old books for clues to what they ate, I can tell you, Food Fights and Culture Wars is the new annotated bible for food-nerds. Loaded with brilliant observations, fascinating new facts, and gorgeous illustrations, Tom Nealon’s book pulls back the covers to reveal cultural history in all its saucy, delicious―sometimes dangerous!―glory. History without food is just the empty carcass; this book is the luscious stuffing.”
- Amy Thielen, James Beard Award-winning author of The New Midwestern Table and host of Food Network’s Heartland Table
“This book is a feast! The wealth of stories, the luxurious illustrations, the sharp details, and Tom Nealon’s deep culture and dry wit come together in a banquet of Lucullan proportions. You can gorge yourself without suffering heartburn or gaining an ounce.”
- Luc Sante
“An illustrated history of diet and society, which bubbles with culinary curiosities and fascinating tidbits.”
- Stylist U.K.
About the Author
Antiquarian cookbook expert Tom Nealon is a food writer and antiquarian bookseller who specializes in early printed books, especially cookbooks and literature. He is the founder of Pazzo Books in Boston.
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The hard copy book has had some great newspaper reviews. I returned my Kindle edition and am eagerly awaiting the book in hard copy.