An Edible History of Humanity

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Grove Atlantic, May 1, 2009 - Cooking - 269 pages
Food's influence over the course of history extends into modern times. In the late eighteenth century, Britain built its economy around manufacturing and used the proceeds to import food, becoming the first industrialised nation in the process. In Europe, Napoleon's rise and fall was intimately connected with his ability to feed his vast armies. In the twentieth century, millions starved as food was employed as an ideological weapon by communist leaders. And today the food we choose in the supermarket involves us in global debates over trade, development and the environment. Drawing widely from fields ranging from genetics to archaeology, anthropology, ethno-botany and economics, An Edible History of Humanity is an appetizing and satisfying account of human history and development.

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This is the last book I received from my Secret Santa last year. I lost track of it and just finished it today. This is a really wonderful book. I learned so much about food and its importance ... Read full review

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An interesting perspective on how food shaped history and how historical events shaped the world. Given the current (2014-2015) events in the Middle East, I found Chapter 5 on the spice trade fascinating. Read full review


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