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Food: The History of Taste (California Studies in Food and Culture)

Food: The History of Taste (California Studies in Food and Culture)
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780520254763
ISBN 10: 520254767
Edition: 1
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2007-11-07
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
List Price: $39.95

"While it may be true that chacun à son gout, Food: The History of Taste shows us that, since Homer, the foods we eat have reflected our culture's most closely held values and understanding of our place in the world. This book reminds us that taste is an essential part of civilization, and that it is something worth protecting from the homogenizing force of the modern, global food supply."—Alice Waters

"A fascinating and ambitious look at why we eat what we eat. Roaming through time and space, it is different than anything else I've read on the subject; I couldn't put it down."—Ruth Reichl

The New York Times - Gregory Cowles

…a weirdly fascinating survey of dietary habits stretching from prehistoric barbecues right up to the "molecular" menu at El Bulli…the essays are generously illustrated with photographs and paintings like Boucher's "Feast of the Chinese Emperor"; not quite a coffee-table book, this feels more like one of those glossy textbooks you can't bring yourself to ditch after college. But its real virtue lies in the big picture. Contributor after contributor links diet to class, colonialism, politics, religion…