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The Story of Corn Paperback – December 15, 2004
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""The Story of Corn" is a fascinating read."
." . . a fascinating read. Look for the book and dive in."
"The fascinating story of corn is told in a wonderfully engaging book by Betty Fussell, a food historian."
"Fussell tells a fascinating, thoroughly researched and comprehensive story of the centrality of corn to American culture."
." . . a lively blend of anecdotes and facts about world corn. . .a specialized food history that will appeal across many different lines, from students of anthropology and sociology to culiary enhusiasts and history buffs."
"Fussell has the admirable virtue of integrating her copious research gracefully into the vast narrative that tracks corn through the empire of the Incas to the moderm saga of ethanol fuels, deftly blending anthropology, science and history. . . The carefully selected bibliography is a fine finishing touch to this sophisticated and satisfying "tour de force.""
." . .a most wide-ranging, complex account. . The author delves into corn's long history, from it's origins as a grass to its place in the mythology and economy of aboriginal peoples, and its modern usefulness as scientists probe the limits of its molecules. . . This is a book that needed writing and one that imaginative teachers can fit into a whole range of school subjects."
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I guess in retrospect my "hubris" about beets was misguided and wrong. I now think the lesson I learned, whether it pertains to vegetables, politics, music or whatever, is that YOU SHOULD NEVER UNDERESTIMATE DIFFERENT OPINIONS. It's too easy to do, and is an easy way to miss out on fundamental truths.
In that sense, this book transcends it's core audience of corn folk (cornies?) and teaches a much deeper lesson if you are not really interested in corn - that well disciplined research into unfamiliar topics can instruct and delight the receptive reader.
Read it, enjoy and reflect.
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Very interesting book! I bought it as a gift for a friend and they enjoyed it. The author has a vast knowledge of the history of corn and some of the history is pretty interesting.Published on December 4, 2013 by Carla Ann
I expected the history of corn, but most of the book is how Indians used corn. It got old quick.Published on August 7, 2013 by David Owens
This book fulfilled all my expectations. Excellent, thorough history of corn. Delivery was expeditious and condition of book was excellent.Published on July 24, 2010 by Tony A. Gallegos
Everything you want to know about corn is found in this book. And I mean everything. We see corn growing in fields everyday but do we actually stop and think about it? Read morePublished on June 22, 2006 by Bryan