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Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination Paperback – March 3, 2009
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Paul Freedman is Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Yale University. His previous books include Images of the Medieval Peasant, The Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia, and Food: The History of Taste.
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I also very much enjoyed another book on food that Freedman recently edited, "Food: The History of Taste" (University of California Press, 2007). The essays in the book are consistently insightful and entertaining. Here's to more academic work on the history of food!
There's a lot of links between different historical events and the spice trade in this book that really open your eyes to how things in history are interconnected. For that I'll recommend this to any novice historian that wants to get a good idea of how history is shaped by a web of events and not a straight line. The only issue is that is drags a bit in places, but it doesn't happen often.
A little quibble: Why is his name listed as "Professor Paul Freedman"? Yes, he is a professor, but so are many authors, and that professional fact does not usually get registered as part of an author's name; this makes it sound like his first name is "Professor."
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I was given this book as a gift. In the first 3 pages I found 2 egregious errors. I couldn't get past that. Read morePublished on January 22, 2012 by RTC