Multcolib Research Picks: The history of food
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.