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- Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2013; US$ 16.95
Originally published in London in 1859, this rare treasure of culinary history was recently brought to light in the award-winning Oxford Companion to Food, whose author, Alan Davidson, used it as a primary reference in researching some of the more obscure foodstuffs consumed across the globe. Davidson writes that "[CURIOSITIES] is in all probability... more...
- Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 18.00
The tangy, juicy sweetness of oranges has made them a mainstay on our breakfast tables, as snacks, and even as healthy desserts. Indeed, oranges and orange juices are so ubiquitous nowadays that we take them for granted?but their journey to our supermarket shelves is a long and tantalizing story, as Clarissa Hyman reveals in Oranges . Following the... more...
- 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...
- Little, Brown Book Group 2014; US$ 29.99
Her love of the infinite variety of English cooking and her knowledge of British culture and history show why our food should never be considered dull or limited. There are unusual dishes such as the Cornish Onion and Apple Pie, and even recipes for fungi, from common field mushrooms to puffballs. She describes some delicious puddings, cakes and... more...
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015; US$ 20.60
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...
- Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 18.00
Lusciously sweet and with a complex texture, figs are both a nutritious culinary delicacy and an important symbol in religion and culture. Associated with Christmas since the time of Charles Dickens?not to mention Dionysus or the Garden of Eden?the fig is steeped in history. In this account of the festive fruit, David C. Sutton places the fig in its... more...
- Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 35.00
Barrels?we rarely acknowledge their importance, but without them we would be missing out on some of the world?s finest beverages?most notably whiskies and wines?and of course for over two thousand years they?ve been used to store, transport, and age an incredibly diverse array of provisions around the globe. In this comprehensive and wide-ranging... more...
- Quercus 2013; US$ 12.99
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 history.... more...
- Dover Publications 2012; US$ 10.95
Imparting all the warmth and fragrance of an old-fashioned, turn-of-the-century kitchen, The Settlement Cook Book was originally devised as a cooking and homemaking primer for newly arrived immigrants. Filled with hundreds of recipes for good eating, this back-to-basics book is also good reading. A blend of hardy, old-fashioned dishes and simple... more...