Multcolib Research Picks: The history of food

An Edible History of Humanity
An Edible History of Humanity By Standage, Tom Book - 2009 394.12 S785e 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes--caused, enabled, or influenced by food--has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.

Near A Thousand Tables
Near A Thousand Tables A History of Food By Fernández-Armesto, Felipe Book - 2002 641.3 F363n 2002 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:The story of the eight great revolutions in the history of food, from the origins of cooking to the inception of herding and agriculture to the industrialization and globalization of food.

Much Depends on Dinner
Much Depends on Dinner Since Eve Ate Apples By Visser, Margaret Book - 2008 394.12 V8342m 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Describes the history, myths, and business, scientific, and agricultural aspects of corn, salt, butter, chicken, rice, lettuce, olive oil, lemon juice, and ice cream.

Food in the Ancient World
Food in the Ancient World By Wilkins, John Book - 2006 394.12 W684f 2006 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Explores a millennium of food consumption, from c.750 BC to 200 AD. Shows the pivotal role food had in a world where it was linked with morality and the social order.

Art, Culture, and Cuisine
Art, Culture, and Cuisine Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy By Bober, Phyllis Pray Book - 1999 641.013 B663a 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:In Art, Culture, and Cuisine, Phyllis Pray Bober examines cooking through an assortment of recipes as well as the dual lens of archaeology and art history.

Around the Roman Table
Around the Roman Table By Faas, Patrick Book - 2003 641.5937 F111a 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:More than just a book of ancient recipes reconstructed for the modern cook (though there are over 150 in the book), this book is a portrait of ancient Roman society as seen from the dining table.

Planet Taco
Planet Taco A Global History of Mexican Food By Pilcher, Jeffrey M. Book - 2012 641.5972 P637p 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Planet Taco also seeks to recover the history of people who have been ignored in the struggles to define authentic Mexican, especially those who are marginal to both nations: Indians and Mexican Americans.

British Food
British Food An Extraordinary Thousand Years of History By Spencer, Colin Book - 2002 394.10941 S745b 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:This delectable volume traces the rich variety of foods that are inescapably British -- and the thousand years of history behind them.

Feasting and Fasting With Lewis & Clark
Feasting and Fasting With Lewis & Clark A Food and Social History of the Early 1800s By Holland, Leandra Zim Book - 2003 917.804 H735f 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Extensive illustrations and a sprinkling of authentic recipes help to trace the expedition's daily life, their food preparation, and their preservation and storage methods.

Food The History of Taste Book - 2007 641.3 F686f 2007 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation: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.

A History of Food
A History of Food By Toussaint-Samat, Maguelonne Book - 2009 641.3009 T734h 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of cuisine and the social history of eating is a fascinating one, and Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat covers all its aspects in this classic history.

A History of Food in 100 Recipes
A History of Food in 100 Recipes By Sitwell, William Book - 2013 641.509 S6239h 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A riveting narrative history of food as seen through 100 recipes, from ancient Egyptian bread to modernist cuisine.

Food in Global History
Food in Global History Book - 1999 641.3 F685 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:Fifteen specialists currently working in Canada, England, France, Guatemala, Norway, and the United States come together to apply their expert knowledge of food and food consumption in a new context, global history.

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What dishes could you expect at a dinner with Queen Elizabeth? What did the Emperor Nero eat after fiddle practice? What did Lewis and Clark roast over their fire? Today there are many fad diets, like the hugely popular Paleo Diet, that claim healthier eating by replicating the diets of our ancestors. Here at the library we have gathered several ways for you to explore the history of food and maybe find a “new” favorite old recipe. - Tara N.

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