Food

Food

The History of Taste

Book - 2007
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This illustrated book applies the discoveries of the new generation of food historians to the pleasures of dining and the culinary accomplishments of diverse civilizations, past and present. Freedman gathers 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 such topics as the early repertoire of sweet tastes and the way people learned to discriminate between different fats; the distinctive culinary contributions made by classical antiquity and China; the varied food customs created by the Islamic civilizations of Iberia, the Arabian desert, Persia, and the culinary capital of medieval Islam, Baghdad; the 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 subsequent 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 modern kitchen technology; and today's tastes, which employ few rules and exhibit a glorious eclecticism.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007
ISBN: 9780520254763
0520254767
Call Number: 641.3 F686f 2007
Characteristics: 368 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Freedman, Paul 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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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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