A History of Food (2nd Revised edition)

A History of Food (2nd Revised edition)

By: Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat (author)Hardback

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The story of cuisine and the social history of eating is a fascinating one, and Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat covers all its aspects in this classic history.* New expanded edition of a classic book, originally published to great critical acclaim from Raymond Blanc, The New York Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Independent and more* Tells the story of man's relationship with food from earliest times to the present day* Includes a new foreword by acclaimed food writer Betty Fussell, a preface by the author, updated bibliography, and a new chapter bringing the story up to date* New edition in jacketed hardback, with c.70 illustrations and a new glossy color plate section "Indispensable, and an endlessly fascinating book. The view is staggering. Not a book to digest at one or several sittings. Savor it instead, one small slice at a time, accompanied by a very fine wine." -New York Times "This book is not only impressive for the knowledge it provides, it is unique in its integration of historical anecdotes and factual data. It is a marvellous reference to a great many topics." -Raymond Blanc "Quirky, encyclopaedic, and hugely entertaining. A delight." -Sunday Telegraph "It's the best book when you are looking for very clear but interesting stories. Everything is cross-referenced to an extraordinary degree, which is great because the information given is so complex and interweaving." -The Independent "A History of Food is a monumental work, a prodigious feat of careful scholarship, patient research and attention to detail. Full of astonishing but insufficiently known facts." -Times Higher Education Supplement

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About Author

Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat is an historian, journalist and writer. She has written for a variety of periodicals in France and published over seventeen books on cuisine, history, and French regional culture. Her books on the Loire and Perigord received commendations from the Academie Francaise and the Academie du Perigord. Her principal historical interest is in the medieval and renaissance culture of Europe, in particular the domestic economy, food and clothing. She pursues her research in association with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes.


Foreword to the New Expanded Edition by Betty Fussell. Preface. List of Illustrations. Acknowledgements. Introduction. P art I: Collecting Gathering Hunting. From Fire to the Pot. 1 COLLECTING HONEY. Honey in the Golden Age. A Taste of Honey. Honey in Legend. Honey in Nature and History. Honey-Cakes, Spice-Bread, Gingerbread. Mead and Sacramental Intoxication. 2 THE HISTORY OF GATHERING. The Ancient Pulses. The Symbolism of Beans. The Etymology (and Entomology) of Haricot Beans. The Holy War of Cassoulet. Soya: the Most Widely Eaten Plant in the World. Soya: Nutritional Facts and Figures. Mushrooms and Fungi. Roots. Table of Vegetable Nutrition. 3 HUNTING. The Great Days and the Decline of Game. Nutritional Facts and Figures about Game. Part II: Stock-breeding Arable Farming: Meat, Milk, Cereals. The Evidence of Occupied Sites. 4 THE HISTORY OF MEAT. The Birth of Stock-breeding and Society. Table of Areas of Origin of the First Domestic Animals. Meat-Eating: Likes and Dislikes. The Horse, the Spirit of Corn. Fat Oxen and Prosperous Butchers. 5 THE HISTORY OF DAIRY PRODUCE. Cheese and Curds. Yoghurt: Fermented Milk. Butter: the Cream of the Milk. The Symbolism of Butter. 6 THE HISTORY OF CEREALS. Cereals as Civilizers. The Symbolism of Wheat. Table of the Long March of Cereals. Imperialist Cereals. The Myth of Demeter. Everyday Cereals. Harvest Festivals. Strategic Cereals. Rice in the East. The Symbolism of Rice. Maize in the West. Why Maize is Called 'I Have No More Gumbo'. Why Corn-Cobs are Thin and Small. Zuni Legend of Maize Flour. From Porridge to Beer. The Technique of Brewing Beer. The History of Pasta. The History of Grain Spirits. Part III: The Three Sacramental Foods: Oil, Bread, Wine. The Fundamental Trinity. 7 THE HISTORY OF OIL. Olive Oil. The Dietary History of Olive Oil. Olive Oil in Legend and Symbolism. Making Olive Oil. Other Oils. Margarine. 8 THE HISTORY OF BREAD AND CAKES. The Bread on the Board. The Symbolism of Bread and Cakes. Four Stages in the Development of Bread-Making. The Taste of Bread. The Technique of Bread-Making. Our Daily Bread. Special Cakes for Sundays. 9 THE HISTORY OF WINE. From the Vine to Wine. Dessert Grapes. The Technique of Wine-Making. The Symbolism of Wine. The Legend of Dionysus. The Proper Use of Wine. Cooking with Wine. Wine and God. A Wine of Revolution. Part IV: The Economy of the Markets. The Centre of the City. 10 THE HISTORY OF FISH. The Fish of the Ancient World. A Who's Who of Sea Fish. The Salmonidae: a family of aristocrats. Fishing in Legend. Extravagance and Economy in Eating Fish. The Symbolism of Fish. Uses for Less Profitable Fish. The Providential Nature of Salt Fish. Drying, Salting and Smoking Fish; an Age-Old Procedure. Table of the Nutritional values of Fish. Aquaculture and Pisciculture: Fish Farming. Blue Europe, or the Common Fish Market. From Fishing to Our Plates. Table of the Economic and Social Potential of a Common Fishing Zone. 11 THE HISTORY OF POULTRY. Facts about Poultry. Choosing Poultry. The Symbolism of Poultry. Eggs: their Uses and Customs. Part V: Luxury Foods. The Revels of the Gauls. 12 TREASURES FROM THE SEA. The History of Garum. The History of Caviare. A Who's Who of caviare. How to Keep Caviare Happy. The History of Shellfish and Crustaceans. Facts about Crustaceans. The History of Shellfish-Farming. The Biology of the Oyster. The Biology of the Mussel. 13 THE TREASURE OF THE FORESTS. The History of Pork and Charcuterie. About Ham. Sausages. The Symbolism of the Pig. The History of Foie Gras. Facts about Foie Gras. The Symbolism of Liver. The History of Truffles. Part VI: The Era of the Merchants. Making a Good Profit. 14 AN ESSENTIAL FOOD. The History of Salt. The Symbolism of Salt. The Technique of Winning Salt. 15 SPICE AT ANY PRICE. About Spices. The Secrets of Spices. Cinnamon. Pepper. Ginger. Turmeric and Cardamom. Cloves. The Great Trading Companies. Nutmeg and Mace. Chillies and Sweet Peppers. Aromatics and the Imagination. Saffron. Vanilla. Everyday Condiments and Herbs. Herbs. The Proper Use of Spices, Aromatics and Condiments. The Grocer's Trade. Part VII: New Needs: Sugar, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea. Gluttony and Greed for Gain. 16 THE LURE OF SUGAR. Rum, A Sugar Spirit. The Legend of Sugar. 17 CONFECTIONERY AND PRESERVES. 18 CHOCOLATE AND DIVINITY. Definitions of Chocolate. 19 COFFEE AND POLITICS. Coffee from the Islands. Coffee in Legend. 20 TEA AND PHILOSOPHY. Tea in Legend. The Symbolism of Tea. Part VIII: Orchards and Kitchen Gardens. Instructions for the Garden. 21 THE TRADITION OF FRUITS. The Symbolism of the Apple. Grafting. Dessert Apples. Table of Production of Apples in EC Countries, 1982-3. Cider and Calvados. Pears. Plums. Peaches. The Peach in Legend. Apricots. The Dietetics of Apricots. Cherries. The Dietetics of Cherries. Strawberries. Melons. Oranges. Growing and Selling Oranges. A Who's Who of Oranges. Grapefruit. Figs. The Symbolism of Figs and The Fig Tree. Dates. Pineapples. Bananas. Avocados. 22 THE EVOLUTION OF VEGETABLES. Cabbages. Cauliflowers. Salad. Chicory and Endive. Watercress. Asparagus. Growing Asparagus. Artichokes. Tomatoes. 23 THE POTATO REVOLUTION. Sweet Chestnuts. Potatoes. Souffle Potatoes. Part IX: Science and Conscience in the Diet. The Hows and Whys of Quality. 24 PRESERVING BY HEAT. Canned Sardines. The Technique of Canning. Food Preservation. Pasteurized Milk. 25 PRESERVING BY COLD. Quick-Freezing. 26 THE REASSURANCE OF DIETETICS. Vitamins. Chronology of Dietary Progress. 27 A REASSURING FUTURE. Notes. Select Bibliography of Recent English-Language Works. Bibliography to Original Edition. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/10/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781405181198
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 776
  • ID: 9781405181198
  • weight: 1706
  • ISBN10: 1405181192
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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