Definitely enlightening Another reviewer
mentioned that the book contained errorsI t now if this is true but the highlights of what I picked that the book contained errorsI don now if this is true but the highlights of what I picked appear to be trueIt s also a fascinating look at how foods spread throughout the world For instance I did not now that the potato tomato and pepper were all New World foodsthat right no Irish potatoes Italian tomatoes or Asian peppers before the 13th century And did you now that for most of human history nutmeg and cloves came from 2 little the 13th century And did you now that for most of human history nutmeg and cloves came from 2 little to be traded across all of Asia Africa and EuropeThe book also does a good job of treating non culinary roles including in religion medicine and social displays It has led me to try burning cinnamon and I am strongly considering asking that cinnamon be burned at my funeral both for the historical significance the tribute to immortality the phoenix s nest and for the lovely scentThe social aspect of spices and the psychological importance and significance is exp. Ip and the arts of love they were thought to have magical properties and were so valuable that they were often Medicine and Religion kept under lock andey For some spices represented Paradise for others the road to perdition but they were potent symbols of wealth and power and the wish to possess them drove explorers to circumnavigate the globeand ev.
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so long they were of the unknown andlong they were the unknown and and this book treats that very wellAnd hey it is because of this book that I just had to go find some galengal turns out that I could not find a single store in Tucson that had it though I still need to try the Asian markets but that s what the internet is for rightI d definitely recommend for the amateur food historian Biggest problem is the organization I can t say I really understand it most chapters had some unifying theme like religious use sexuality etc but the way the chapters fit together is very disjointed There are huge time jumps back and forth across continents I learned a few interesting tidbits but I couldn t stay interested Sometimes it was so dense it seemed that any piece of information acuired was stuffed in no matter how useless it was to the story If you super love spices go for it if you want a nice microhistory this isn t it Doesn t read wel. En to savageryFollowing spices across continents and through literature and mythology Spice is a beguiling narrative about the surprisingly vast influence spices have had on human desireIncludes eight pages of color photographsOne of the Best Books of the Year Discover Magazine The Christian Science Monitor San Francisco Chronicle. It is really a thoroughly documented We learn the history of spices and the significant influence they had on humanity Author learn the history of spices and the significant influence they had on humanity Author and nowledge is
IMPRESSIVE REALLY WORTH READING PARTICULARLY THEReally worth reading particularly the chapters on the reason why spices have run out of fashion On the negative side sometimes it is a bit repetitive Thit is book is a wonderful insight into our love affair with spicesfrom all over the worldI used it as a source book for a talk I have done on spicesthe warsthe money and who brought which spices to our shores and howexcellent reference book This is not the fastest easiest read but it is fascinating and informative It has some very interesting recipes tooI titled this review the way I did because I constantly come up with little facts remembered from this book constantly in the grocery store watching TV talking with friends seeing anything to do with food or historyIt s not all inclusive but it is a big topic and what is there is. In this brilliant engrossing work Jack Turner explores an erafrom ancient times through the Renaissancewhen what we now consider common condiments were valued in gold and bloodSpices made sour medieval wines palatable camouflaged the smell of corpses and served as wedding night aphrodisiacs Indispensible for cooking medicine worsh.