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History

  • Cooking and Eating in Renaissance Italyby Katherine A. McIver

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 37.99

    Renaissance Italy?s art, literature, and culture continue to fascinate. The domestic life has been examined more in recent years, and this book reveals the preparation, eating, and the sociability of dining in Renaissance Italy. more...

  • Food in Time and Placeby Paul Freedman; Joyce E. Chaplin; Ken Albala

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 49.95

    Food and cuisine are important subjects for historians across many areas of study. Food, after all, is one of the most basic human needs and a foundational part of social and cultural histories. Such topics as famines, food supply, nutrition, and public health are addressed by historians specializing in every era and every nation. Food in Time and... more...

  • The Secret Life of Beer!by Alan D. Eames

    Storey Publishing, LLC 2014; US$ 8.95

    Beer has inspired, influenced, and excited human beings for thousands of years and Alan D. Eames, the certified ?king of beer,? has traveled the world uncovering The Secret Life of Beer . In this book, he reveals untold stories, lore, and references to beer in poetry, song, literature, and history. Readers will be astonished to learn the esoteric... more...

  • Feasts and Fastsby Colleen Taylor Sen

    Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 39.00

    From dal to samosas, paneer to vindaloo, dosa to naan, Indian food is diverse and wide-ranging?unsurprising when you consider India?s incredible range of climates, languages, religions, tribes, and customs. Its cuisine differs from north to south, yet what is it that makes Indian food recognizably Indian, and how did it get that way? To answer those... more...

  • Portlandby Heather Arndt Anderson

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2014; US$ 37.99

    More than just food carts and microbrews, Portland has a story to tell. Its culinary history sings the song of the salmon-people, the pioneers and immigrants, each struggling to make this strange but inviting land between the Pacific and the Cascades feel like home. Portland: A Food Biography chronicles the Rose City?s rise from a Wild West outpost... more...

  • The American Plateby Libby H O'Connell

    Sourcebooks 2014; US$ 26.99

    "Like many miniencyclopedias, this one is studded with often intriguing facts."?Kirkus From the chief historian at HISTORY® comes a rich chronicle of the evolution of American cuisine and culture, from before Columbus's arrival to today. Did you know that the first graham crackers were designed to reduce sexual desire? Or that Americans have tried... more...

  • Foodie Factsby Ann Treistman

    Skyhorse Publishing 2014; US$ 14.95

    Consider this The Food Lover?s Companion lite—short and sweet trivia about retro American food. Who pitted the first cherries and nestled them into pie crust? Was a meatloaf sandwich the result of a late-night refrigerator run? And does anyone really crave green bean casserole, complete with fried onions on top? In this time of hyperawareness... more...

  • Life Is a Banquetby Edward Blom

    Skyhorse Publishing 2014; US$ 24.95

    Swedish television personality and food historian Edward Blom is a cook with a big personality and a big passion. This to his culinary kingdom! Blom?s expertise lies in the cultural history of food, and in Life Is a Banquet he throws open the archives and invites all to indulgence in the excesses of yesteryear?s best recipes. These are Blom?s favorites,... 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...

  • Tortillasby Paula E. Morton

    University of New Mexico Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    In this entertaining and informative account Paula E. Morton surveys the history of the tortilla from its roots in ancient Mesoamerica to the cross-cultural global tortilla. more...