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  • A Curious History of Food and Drinkby Ian Crofton

    Quercus Publishing 2013; US$ 5.99

    An offbeat, amusing and erudite history of food and drink. more...

  • Edible Frenchby Clotilde Dusoulier; Melina Josserand

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 10.99

    The idiosyncrasies of language can tell us a lot about a culture. In this delightful book, Clotilde Dusoulier, creator of the award-winning food blog Chocolate & Zucchini, delves into the history and meaning of fifty of the French language?s most popular food-related expressions. Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations by artist Mélina... more...

  • Tasteby Kate Colquhoun

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2008; US$ 9.99

    Written with a storyteller's flair and packed with astonishing facts, Taste is a sumptuous social history of Britain told through the development of its cooking. It encompasses royal feasts and street food, the skinning of eels and the making of strawberry jelly, mixing tales of culinary stars with those of the invisible hordes cooking in kitchens... more...

  • Our Founding Foodsby Jane Tennant

    Willow Creek Press, Inc. 2014;

    American cuisine has absorbed the best and brightest of every culture world wide, and it all began in the early cookbooks of the eighteenth century. Martha Washington, for instance, our first First Lady, was America's earliest celebrity chef. Her recipe collection was a beloved family heirloom, lent out to friends one receipt at a time. Others followed.... more...

  • Honeyby Stephanie Rosenbaum; Caroline Kopp

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 14.99

    Just like the highly successful Lavender Garden , Honey: From Flower to Table dips into the myth, magic, science, and literature behind this sacred and sensuous food. Author Stephanie Rosenbaum traces the amazing process that turns flower nectar into honey, and takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the history and symbolism of honey. Cooking... more...

  • Brunchby Farha Ternikar

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 33.99

    Brunch is the decadent meal of the week; a mix of the savory and salty, sweet and indulgent. Not exclusively an American phenomenon, brunch is also shared in South Asia, the Middle East, and parts of Europe. This volume examines and explores how brunch has evolved historically, developed cross-culturally, and claimed its place in popular culture.... more...

  • New York in a Dozen Dishesby Robert Sietsema

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015; US$ 22.00

    In thirteen essays (a baker?s dozen) covering distinctive dishes from a cross-section of New York City?s cultural makeup, veteran food journalist Robert Sietsema explores how foods from around the world arrived, commingled, and became part of the city?s culinary identity. Sietsema writes from personal experience as a restaurant critic eating in thousands... more...

  • A Curious History of Food and Drinkby Ian Crofton

    Quercus 2014; US$ 19.99

    Ever wondered where noodles came from? How Worcester Sauce was invented? Or even who the '"Cucumber King of Burma" was? Beginning with the hippo soup eaten in Africa in 6000 BC, through to the dangerous blowfish enjoyed in contemporary Japan, A Curious History of Food and Drink reveals the bizarre origins of the food and drink consumed throughout... 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:... 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... more...