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  • Charlemagne's Tableclothby Nichola Fletcher

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Feasts, banquets, and grand dinners have always played a vital role in our lives. They oil the wheels of diplomacy, smooth the paths of the ambitious, and spread joy at family celebrations. They lift the spirits, involve all our senses and, at times, transport us to other fantastical worlds. Some feasts have give rise to hilarious misunderstandings,... more...

  • An Edible History of Humanityby Tom Standage

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 11.99

    Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance. It has acted as a tool of social transformation, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is an account of how food has helped to shape and transform societies around the... more...

  • High on the Hogby Jessica B. Harris

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    Winner of the IACP Award for Culinary History Acclaimed cookbook author Jessica B. Harris weaves an utterly engaging history of African American cuisine, taking the reader on a harrowing journey from Africa across the Atlantic to America, and tracking the trials that the people and the food have undergone along the way. From chitlins and ham hocks... more...

  • The People's Chefby Ruth Brandon

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 11.99

    During the first half of the 19th century, Alexis Soyer became the most famous cook -and man-in London. In addition to his kitchen inventions and best-selling cookbooks, Soyer was part of many of the great events and social changes of his time. In her exciting biography of a culinary giant, Ruth Brandon uses each phase of his legendary career to explore... more...

  • Bitterby Jennifer Mclagan

    Ten Speed Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    The champion of uncelebrated foods including fat, offal, and bones, Jennifer McLagan turns her attention to a fascinating, underappreciated, and trending topic: bitterness.        What do coffee, IPA beer, dark chocolate, and radicchio all have in common? They're bitter. In this deep and fascinating exploration of bitter through science, culture,... more...

  • Whiskey Distilledby Heather Greene

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 11.99

    In the populist tradition of Andrea Immer, New York City?s first female whiskey sommelier translates today?s hottest spirit for a new generation of imbibers Whiskey is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew... more...

  • The Well-Kept Kitchenby Gervase Markham

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    In 1615 the poet and writer Gervase Markham published an extraordinary handbook for housewives, containing advice on everything from planting herbs to brewing beer, feeding animals to distilling perfume, with recipes for a variety of dishes such as trifle, pancakes and salads (not to mention some amusingly tart words on how the ideal wife should behave).... more...

  • Caviarby Inga Saffron

    Crown Publishing Group 2002; US$ 14.00

    In the tradition of Cod and Olives : a fascinating journey into the hidden history, culture, and commerce of caviar. Once merely a substitute for meat during religious fasts, today caviar is an icon of luxury and wealth. In Caviar, Inga Saffron tells, for the first time, the story of how the virgin eggs of the prehistoric-looking, bottom-feeding... more...

  • Cupboard Love 2by Mark Morton

    Insomniac Press 2004; US$ 16.95

    Nominated in 1997 for a Julia Child Award, Cupboard Love is back, bigger and better than ever. In this updated and expanded edition, Mark Morton lays out a sumptuous feast of more than a thousand culinary word-histories. From everyday foods to exotic dishes, from the herbs and spices of medieval England to the cooking implements of the modern kitchen,... more...

  • Imbibe!by David Wondrich; Dale DeGroff

    Penguin Group US 2007; US$ 23.95

    A lively, historically informed, and definitive guide to classic American cocktails. Cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich presents the colorful, little-known history of classic American drinks-and the ultimate mixologist's guide-in this engaging homage to Jerry Thomas, father of the American bar. Wondrich reveals never-before-published... more...