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    How Food Made History

    ISBN-10: 1405189487
    ISBN-13: 9781405189484
    Author(s): B. W. Higman
    Description: Covering 5,000 years of global history, How Food Made History traces the changing patterns of food production and consumption that have molded economic and social life and contributed fundamentally to the development of government and complex  More...
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    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 276
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.188
    Language: English

    Covering 5,000 years of global history, How Food Made History traces the changing patterns of food production and consumption that have molded economic and social life and contributed fundamentally to the development of government and complex societies. Charts the changing technologies that have increased crop yields, enabled the industrial processing and preservation of food, and made transportation possible over great distances Considers social attitudes towards food, religious prohibitions, health and nutrition, and the politics of distribution Offers a fresh understanding of world history through the discussion of food

    #60;b#62;B. W. Higman#60;/b#62; is Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University and Emeritus Professor of the University of the West Indies. He has published several books on the history of slavery and the social and economic history of the Caribbean. He has taught courses on world food history, and is the author of #60;i#62;Jamaican Food: History, Biology, Culture#60;/i#62; (2008).#60;/p#62;

    Illustrations
    Preface
    Prologue: Questions of choice?
    References
    The Creation of Food Worlds
    Making the ancient world food map
    The origins of domestication, agriculture, and urbanization
    Food worlds at 5000 BP
    Seven claims
    References
    Genetics and Geography
    Genetic modification, ancient and modern
    Prohibitions and taboos
    Geographical redistribution
    Three claims
    References
    Forest, Farm, Factory
    Forest gardens
    Crop farming landscapes
    Industrialized agriculture
    Five claims
    References
    Hunting, Herding, Fishing
    Hunting
    Herding
    Fishing
    Two claims
    References
    Preservation and Processing
    Ancient preservation
    Ancient processing
    Modern milling
    Packaging
    Freezing and chilling
    Milk, butter, yoghurt, and cheese
    Three claims
    References
    Trade
    Ancient trades
    Modern trades
    The global supermarket
    Two claims
    References
    Cooking, Class, and Consumption
    Cooks
    Cooking
    Eating places
    Meals and mealtimes
    References
    National, Regional, and Global Cuisines
    Cuisine, high and low
    The origins of cuisines
    Megaregions and pan-ethnicity
    Global foods
    Three claims and counterclaims
    References
    Eating Well, Eating Badly
    Nutrition and diet
    Stature
    Obesity
    Dieting
    Denial
    Vegetarianism
    References
    Starving
    Famine
    Famine foods
    Survival strategies
    Food aid
    Impact
    Two claims
    References
    Conclusion: Cornucopia or Pandora's Box?
    References
    Suggested Further Reading
    Index

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