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Food in History Paperback – May 10, 1995
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In a survey like this one, it can't do justice to EVERY culture's cuisine, but it does come close. Roman, Arab, Indian, Asian, and the influence of the Americas on European foods are well covered. The prose is lively, much wittier than I thought it would be given the subject, but also scholastic.
Is this a "popular" history? Yeah, I would say so, but there is also great material in here for the student and historian. So much so, that Food in History would make a great supplemental book for a World History course. Highly recommended.
This is not a recipe or a nutrition book -- although the author includes ancient recipes and comments on nutritional diseases such as scurvy. Many a fascinating tidbit of information is found within these pages. For example, I learned that the Romans were addicted to a fish sauce they called liquamen which seems to be nearly identical to the fish sauce used in SE Asia today. The Medieval section included several hilarious pages devoted to table manners in the Middle Ages, including a dissertation on breaking wind at the dinner table. (My wife says that only guys find this subject funny.)
This is a book I've had on my shelves for decades and I pick it up now and then and read about the eating habits of one civilization or another. The prose is generally lively and authoritative. Oddly enough, food doesn't seem to have inspired many historians so this book may be the best you can find on the subject even though it was written 30 years ago.
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Read this years ago when it first was published. Bought it as a Christmas gift. She loved it!Published 6 months ago by Astrologer
Wore it out the first time it came out so I had to buy a new one.Published 8 months ago by Alan Young
Seems well researched. As a non-expert, I won't make any claims either way. I suspect, what could have been an interesting read became a cumbersome one primarily because of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by AndreaN
The topic was promising. The research looked pretty good. But use it for term papers because the writing put me to sleep.Published on April 26, 2014 by Annie Pope
This was bought as a gift. The person I sent it too did not know where it came from (I forgot to add a card) but he was thrilled.Published on April 22, 2014 by Cindy fenton