Food The History of Taste
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Description: This richly illustrated book is the first to apply the discoveries of the new generation of food historians to the pleasures of dining and the culinary accomplishments of diverse civilizations, past and present. Editor Paul Freedman has gathered essays by French, German, Belgian, American, and British historians to present a comprehensive, chronological history of taste from prehistory to the present day. The authors explore the early repertoire of sweet tastes; the distinctive contributions made by classical antiquity and China; the subtle, sophisticated, and varied group of food customs created by the Islamic civilizations of Iberia, the Arabian desert, Persia, and Byzantium; the magnificent cuisine of the Middle Ages, influenced by Rome and adapted from Islamic Spain, Africa, and the Middle East; the decisive break with highly spiced food traditions after the Renaissance and the new focus on primary ingredients and products from the New World; French cuisine's rise to dominance in Europe and America; the evolution of modern restaurant dining, modern agriculture, and technological developments; and today's tastes, which employ few rules and exhibit a glorious eclecticism. The result is the enthralling story not only of what sustains us but also of what makes us feel alive. Copub: Thames & Hudson
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/7/2007
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.50" tall
|Introduction: a new history of cuisine|
|Hunter-gatherers and the first farmers: the evolution of taste in prehistory|
|The good things that lay at hand: tastes of ancient Greece and Rome|
|The quest for perfect balance: taste and gastronomy in Imperial China|
|The pleasures of consumption: The birth of medieval Islamic cuisine|
|Feasting and fasting: food and taste in Europe in the Middle Ages|
|New worlds, new tastes: food fashions after the Renaissance|
|The birth of the modern consumer age: food innovations from 1800|
|Chefs, gourmets and gourmands: French cuisine in the 19th and 20th centuries|
|Dining out: the development of the restaurant|
|Novelty and tradition: the new landscape for gastronomy|
|Picture Credits and List of Contributors|