Vegetables: A Biography (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 13, 2012 - Cooking - 128 pages
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From Michael Pollan to locavores, Whole Foods to farmers' markets,  today cooks and foodies alike are paying more attention than ever before to the history of the food they bring into their kitchens—and especially to vegetables. Whether it’s an heirloom tomato, curled cabbage, or succulent squash, from a farmers' market or a backyard plot, the humble vegetable offers more than just nutrition—it also represents a link with long tradition of farming and gardening, nurturing and breeding.

In this charming new book, those veggies finally get their due. In capsule biographies of eleven different vegetables—artichokes, beans, chard, cabbage, cardoons, carrots, chili peppers, Jerusalem artichokes, peas, pumpkins, and tomatoes—Evelyne Bloch-Dano explores the world of vegetables in all its facets, from science and agriculture to history, culture, and, of course, cooking. From the importance of peppers in early international trade to the most recent findings in genetics, from the cultural cachet of cabbage to Proust’s devotion to beef-and-carrot stew, to the surprising array of vegetables that preceded the pumpkin as the avatar of All Hallow’s Eve, Bloch-Dano takes readers on a dazzling tour of the fascinating stories behind our daily repasts.

Spicing her cornucopia with an eye for anecdote and a ready wit, Bloch-Dano has created a feast that’s sure to satisfy gardeners, chefs, and eaters alike.

  

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User Review  - lisa_emily - Goodreads

A cute little book transcripted from some lectures in France. Bloch- Dano give sa few pages to a handful of vegetable, she talks about their history of arriving in Europe and some cultural aspects of ... Read full review

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Contents

From Grandmas Garden to the Université populaire du goût
1
A Little History
7
Good to Eat Good to Think Abo
9
A Matter of Taste
18
Some Vegetable Histories
29
The Cardoon and the Artic
31
The Jerusalem Artich
37
The Cabbage
42
The Pea
62
The Tomato
69
The Bean
77
The Pumpkin
85
The Chili Pepper
91
Acknowledgments
99
A Biographer of Vegetables by Michel Onfray
101
Bibliography
107

The Parsnip
53
The Carrot
57

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About the author (2012)

Evelyne Bloch-Dano is the author of many books, including Madame Proust: A Biography, which is also published by the University of Chicago Press. Teresa Lavender Fagan has translated many books, including J. M. G. Le Clezio’s The Mexican Dream.

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