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  • Sweet Toothby Kate Hopkins

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 8.99

    A cultural history of candy?how it evolved from medicine and a luxury to today's Kit Kat bars and M&M's Told through the Kate Hopkins' travels in Europe and the U.S ., Sweet Tooth is a first-hand account of her obsession with candy and a detailed look at its history and development. The sugary treats we enjoy today have a prominent past entertaining... more...

  • Champagneby Becky Sue Epstein

    Reaktion Books 2011; US$ 17.00

    From the smash of a bottle on the side of a new ship to the pop of the cork at a New Year?s Eve party champagne signals celebration, fun, and camaraderie all over the world. Bubbly, as we affectionately call it, is a symbol of luxury and decadence and the go-to drink whenever there is an important toast. This history from Becky Sue Epstein is a celebration... more...

  • A Carafe of Redby Gerald Asher

    University of California Press 2012; US$ 23.95

    Every wine has a story. In this collection of elegantly written essays from the past thirty years, updated with a new introduction and endnotes, renowned author Gerald Asher informs wine enthusiasts with insightful, engrossing accounts of wines from Europe and America that offer just as much for those who simply enjoy vivid evocations of people and... more...

  • Dearieby Bob Spitz

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00

    It?s rare for someone to emerge in America who can change our attitudes, our beliefs, and our very culture. It?s even rarer when that someone is a middle-aged, six-foot three-inch woman whose first exposure to an unsuspecting public is cooking an omelet on a hot plate on a local TV station.  And yet, that?s exactly what Julia Child did.  The warble-voiced... more...

  • Italian Cuisineby Alberto Capatti; Massimo Montanari; Aine O'Healy

    Columbia University Press 2003; US$ 39.99

    This magnificent new book demonstrates the development of a distinctive, unified culinary tradition throughout the Italian peninsula. Thematically organized and beautifully illustrated, Italian Cuisine is a rich history of the ingredients, dishes, techniques, and social customs behind the Italian food we know and love today. more...

  • French Gastronomyby Jean-Robert Pitte; Jody Gladding

    Columbia University Press 2010; US$ 35.99

    Why did the passion for food -- gastronomy -- originate in France? The key, it turns out, is France itself. In its climate, diversity of soils, abundant resources, and varied topography lie the roots of France's food fame. Pitte masterfully reveals the ways in which cultural phenomena surrounding food and eating in France relate to space and place.... more...

  • Slow Foodby Carlo Petrini; William McCuaig; Alice Waters

    Columbia University Press 2003; US$ 16.99

    Slow Food is poised to revolutionize the way Americans shop for groceries, prepare and consume their meals, and think about food. The book not only recalls the origins, first steps, and international expansion of the movement from the perspective of its founder, it is also a powerful expression of the organization's goal of engendering social... more...

  • Art of Living in Australiaby Philip E. Muskett

    Rosenberg Publishing 1987; US$ 10.99

    Philip E. Muskett, former Surgeon Superintendent to the NSW government, wrote in 1893: “…our people live in direct opposition to their semi-tropical environment ... the consumption of butcher’s meat and tea is enormously in excess of any common sense requirements ..” The Art of Living in Australia offers advice for healthy living.... more...

  • Choice Cutsby Mark Kurlansky

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 18.95

    ?Every once in awhile a writer of particular skills takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight.? That?s how David McCullough described Mark Kurlansky?s Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World , a work that revealed how a meal can be as important as it is edible. Salt: A World History , its successor,... more...

  • The Lost Arts of Hearth & Homeby Ken Albala; Rosanna Nafziger Henderson

    Penguin Publishing Group 2012; US$ 23.00

    The Lost Arts of Hearth and Home is not about extreme, off-the-grid living. It?s for city and suburban dwellers with day jobs: people who love to cook, love fresh natural ingredients, and old techniques for preservation; people who like doing things themselves with a needle and thread, garden hoe, or manual saw. Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger... more...