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Food

The History of Taste

(Book - 2007)
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This richly illustrated book is the first to apply the discoveries of the new generation of food historians to the pleasures of dining and the culinary accomplishments of diverse civilizations, past and present. Editor Paul Freedman has gathered essays by French, German, Belgian, American, and British historians to present a comprehensive, chronological history of taste from prehistory to the present day. The authors explore the early repertoire of sweet tastes; the distinctive contributions made by classical antiquity and China; the subtle, sophisticated, and varied group of food customs created by the Islamic civilizations of Iberia, the Arabian desert, Persia, and Byzantium; the magnificent cuisine of the Middle Ages, influenced by Rome and adapted from Islamic Spain, Africa, and the Middle East; the decisive break with highly spiced food traditions after the Renaissance and the new focus on primary ingredients and products from the New World; French cuisine's rise to dominance in Europe and America; the evolution of modern restaurant dining, modern agriculture, and technological developments; and today's tastes, which employ few rules and exhibit a glorious eclecticism. The result is the enthralling story not only of what sustains us but also of what makes us feel alive. Copub: Thames & Hudson

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Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2007
ISBN: 0520254767
9780520254763
Branch Call Number: 641.3 F686f 2007
Characteristics: 368 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,27 cm
Additional Contributors: Freedman, Paul H. 1949-

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This richly illustrated book is the first to apply the discoveries of the new generation of food historians to the pleasures of dining and the culinary accomplishments of diverse civilizations, past and present.


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Feb 13, 2012
  • rsalvino1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was an excellent read. It is comprehensive so be prepared for a full course meal through the ages. It would be great if a chef decided to create a rotating menu based on cuisines of the past. Nothing like eating your way through history.

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