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  • Food Is Cultureby Massimo Montanari; Albert Sonnenfeld

    Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 34.99

    Elegantly written by a distinguished culinary historian, Food Is Culture explores the innovative premise that everything having to do with food& mdash;its capture, cultivation, preparation, and consumption& mdash;represents a cultural act. Even the "choices" made by primitive hunters and gatherers were determined by a culture of economics (availability)... more...

  • White Breadby Aaron Bobrow-Strain

    Beacon Press 2012; US$ 27.95

    What can the history of America's one-hundred-year love-hate relationship with sliced white bread tell us about contemporary efforts to change the way we eat? Fluffy industrial loaves are about as far from slow, local, and organic as you can get, but the story of social reformers, food experts, and diet gurus who believed that getting people to eat... more...

  • The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easyby Hannah Glasse

    Dover Publications 2015; US$ 11.95

    Revised and republished many times since its 1747 debut, this cookbook was a bestseller in England and the United States for more than 100 years. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned copies, and Benjamin Franklin even translated some of its recipes into French in hopes of attaining a taste of home while abroad. Author Hannah Glasse dismisses... more...

  • The Physiology of Tasteby Brillat Savarin; Fayette Robinson

    The Floating Press 2008; US$ 6.50

    Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826) has been credited with founding the genre of the gastronomic essay, together with Grimod. A French lawyer and politician, Brillat-Savarin believed that all food, no matter how simple, should be prepared and consumed with great artistry. Though prosaic, his meditations on food are still considered important,... more...

  • The Physiology of Tasteby Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin; M.F.K. Fisher

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.95

    A culinary classic on the joys of the table?written by the gourmand who so famously stated, ?Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are??in a handsome new edition of M. F. K. Fisher?s distinguished translation and with a new introduction by Bill Buford. First published in France in 1825 and continuously in print ever since, The Physiology... more...

  • Wolfgang Puck Cookbookby Wolfgang Puck

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.95

    Provides more than two hundred recipes that combine French, Italian, and Oriental techniques and flavors, and offers such dishes as Stir-Fried Scallop Salad and Pizza with Smoked Salmon. more...

  • Appleby Erika Janik

    Reaktion Books 2011; US$ 17.00

    Gravenstein. Coe?s Golden Drop. Mendocino Cox. The names sound like something from the imagination of Tolkien or perhaps the ingredients in a dubious magical potion rather than what they are?varieties of apples. But as befits their enchanting names, apples have transfixed and beguiled humans for thousands of years.   Apple: A Global History... more...

  • Oliveby Fabrizia Lanza

    Reaktion Books 2012; US$ 17.00

    Olives are at once a mythical food?bringing to mind scenes from ancient Rome and the Bible?and an everyday food, given the ubiquity of olive oil in contemporary diets. In this succinct and engaging history, Fabrizia Lanza traces the olive?s roots from antiquity, when olive oil was exalted for ritual purposes and used to anoint kings and athletes,... more...

  • The Cookbook Libraryby Anne Willan; Mark Cherniavsky; Kyri Claflin

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 50.00

    This gorgeously illustrated volume began as notes on the collection of cookbooks and culinary images gathered by renowned cookbook author Anne Willan and her husband Mark Cherniavsky. From the spiced sauces of medieval times to the massive roasts and ragoûts of Louis XIV?s court to elegant eighteenth-century chilled desserts, The Cookbook Library draws... more...

  • The Downstairs Cookbookby Margaret Powell

    Pan Macmillan 2012; US$ 9.39

    The Downstairs Cookbook offers genuine 1920s recipes from bestselling author Margaret Powell, the house maid and cook who shared tales from her years of service in Below Stairs and inspired the original Upstairs Downstairs TV series. Now in this cookery book she offers a collection of sweet and savoury courses that the servants regularly prepared... more...