In the Devil's Garden A Sinful History of Forbidden Food

ISBN-10: 0345440161
ISBN-13: 9780345440167
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Description: Deliciously organized by the Seven Deadly Sins, here is a scintillating history of forbidden foods through the ages—and how these mouth-watering taboos have defined cultures around the world. From the lusciously tempting fruit in the Garden of Eden  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/4/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Deliciously organized by the Seven Deadly Sins, here is a scintillating history of forbidden foods through the ages—and how these mouth-watering taboos have defined cultures around the world. From the lusciously tempting fruit in the Garden of Eden to the divine foie gras, Stewart Lee Allen engagingly illustrates that when a pleasure as primal as eating is criminalized, there is often an astonishing tale to tell. Among the foods thought to encourage Lust, the love apple (now known as the tomato) was thought to possess demonic spirits until the nineteenth century. The Gluttony “course” invites the reader to an ancient Roman dinner party where nearly every dish served—from poppy-crusted rodents to “Trojan Pork”—was considered a crime against the state. While the vice known as Sloth introduces the sad story of “The Lazy Root” (the potato), whose popularity in Ireland led British moralists to claim that the Great Famine was God’s way of punishing the Irish for eating a food that bred degeneracy and idleness. Filled with incredible food history and the author’s travels to many of these exotic locales, In the Devil’s Garden also features recipes like the matzo-ball stews outlawed by the Spanish Inquisition and the forbidden “chocolate champagnes” of the Aztecs. This is truly a delectable book that will be consumed by food lovers, culinary historians, amateur anthropologists, and armchair travelers alike. Bon appétit!

Introduction: On Sin, Sex, and Forbidden Food
Lust
First Bite
Enveloped in Sweet Odor
Likeness of a Roasted Crab
Love Apple
The Ketchup with a Thousand Faces
Venomous Green
Tulsi Ki Chai
The Ecstasy of Being Eaten
The King's Chocolate
Tlaquetzalli
Gay Gourmand
Beijing Libido
The Rainbow Egg
Gluttony
Original Sin
Porcus Troianu
Ovis Apalis
Cocktails with the Devil
The Sultan's Date
Angel Food Cake
Saints and Supermodels
Bitter Herbs
Red Lady
The Joy of Fat
Mitterrand's Last Supper
Pride
The Egotist at Dinner
The Dirt Eaters
A Dinner Party in Kishan Garhi
The Last Supper
Humble Pie
A Prophetic Chicken
Impure Indian Corn
The Butterfly People
Sky Blue Corn Flakes
Ghost at the Dinner Table!
King's Cake
Sloth
The Job of Eating Well
The Wonderful World of English Cookery
Toast
The Incredibly Sad Tale of Philippe the Shoemaker
The Virgin's Nipples
The Root of Laziness
Potato Wars
The Last Drop
In the Green Hour
Greed
The Greedy Diner
Lazy Luscious Land
The Magic Cannibal
Smoked Green Makaku
The Laughing Man
Thou Shalt Not Eat Thy Mother
Got Milk?
American Pigs
Blasphemy
The Sacred Act of Eating
The Jewish Pig
Dinner with the Spanish Inquisition
The Kosher Question
The Lawyer in Us
Lent Egg
A Well-Risen Messiah
For What We Are About to Receive
O, Dog
Holy Cow
You and Your Beautiful Hide
Anger
The Civilized Sauce
The Sadistic Chef
Deep-Fried Murder
Only if It Has a Face
Hitler's Last Meal
Little Nigoda
The French Connection
Vicious Little Red Man
Insanity Popcorn
Stinking Infidels
Five Angry Vegetables
Feasting to the Death
The Eighth Sin: When Everything Is Allowed and Nothing Has Flavor
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Bibliography

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