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  • 100 Million Years of Foodby Stephen Le

    Picador 2016; US$ 26.99

    A fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food. There are few areas of modern life that are burdened by as much information and advice, often contradictory, as our diet and health: eat a lot of meat, eat no meat; whole-grains are healthy, whole-grains... more...

  • Tandoori Chicken in Delhiby Madhur Jaffrey

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2016; US$ 0.99 US$ 0.74

    A Vintage Shorts Travel Selection   Before she was a seven-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, or a Berlinale star, Madhur Jaffrey was a little girl growing up in an India in transition. In this selection from her acclaimed autobiography, Climbing the Mango Trees, she shares her food memories from one of the most turbulent times in... more...

  • Eat My Wordsby Janet Theophano

    St. Martin's Press 2016; US$ 27.99

    Some people think that a cookbook is just a collection of recipes for dishes that feed the body. In Eat My Words: Reading Women's Lives through the Cookbooks They Wrote , Janet Theophano shows that cookbooks provide food for the mind and the soul as well. Looking beyond the ingredients and instructions, she shows how women have used cookbooks to assert... more...

  • American Foodieby Dwight Furrow

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 35.99

    Dwight Furrow examines the contemporary fascination with food and culinary arts not only as global spectacle, but also as an expression of control, authenticity, and playful creation for individuals in a homogenized, and increasingly public, world. more...

  • Dining with the Famous and Infamousby Fiona Ross

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 37.99

    From Salvador Dali to Joan Crawford, Liz Taylor to Bob Dylan, the dining habits and preferences of celebrities, artists, movie stars, and the famous for being famous are revealed in this vivid and entertaining romp through the favored meals and snacks of famous, or infamous, figures throughout history. more...

  • Dangerous Digestionby E. Melanie DuPuis

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 34.95

    Throughout American history, ingestion (eating) has functioned as a metaphor for interpreting and imagining this society and its political systems. Discussions of American freedom itself are pervaded with ingestive metaphors of choice (what to put in) and control (what to keep out). From the country?s founders to the abolitionists to the social activists... 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...

  • W. C. Whitfield's Mixed Drinks and Cocktailsby W. C. Whitfield; Tad Shell; Joaquín Simó

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 16.99

    We may go to Europe for our chefs, but Europe comes to us for our bartenders.? W. C. Whitfield In the Gay Nineties, the American bartender was considered an institutionhis fame spread across the globe and, according to Whitfield, visitors to America bowed before his skill in concocting tempting mixtures.? Whitfield felt this attraction and admiration... more...

  • Bread, Wine, Chocolateby Simran Sethi

    HarperCollins 2015; US$ 15.99

    Award-winning journalist Simran Sethi explores the history and cultural importance of our most beloved tastes, paying homage to the ingredients that give us daily pleasure, while providing a thoughtful wake-up call to the homogenization that is threatening the diversity of our food supply. Food is one of the greatest pleasures of human life. Our... more...

  • Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Managementby Isabella Beeton; Sarah A. Chrisman

    Skyhorse Publishing 2015; US$ 19.99

    Originally published as twenty-four newspaper columns from 1859 to 1861, Mrs. Beeton?s Book of Household Management is many things, but it is first and foremost a guide to managing a household during the nineteenth century. Beeton wrote, As with the commander of an army, or the leader of any enterprise, so is it with the mistress of a house.? Running... more...