First Bite: How We Learn to Eat

First Bite: How We Learn to EatWe are not born knowing what to eat as omnivores it is something we each have to figure out for ourselves From childhood onward, we learn how big a portion is and how sweet is too sweet We learn to enjoy green vegetables or not But how does this education happen What are the origins of

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Butter: A Rich History

Butter: A Rich HistoryIt s a culinary catalyst, an agent of change, a gastronomic rock star Ubiquitous in the world s most fabulous cuisines, butter is boss Here, it finally gets its due After traveling across three continents to stalk the modern story of butter, award winning food writer and former pastry chef Elaine

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The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act

The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second ActThe enchanting story of Julia Child s years as a TV personality and beloved cookbook author, a sequel in spirit to My Life in France by her great nephew Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper Now, Alex Prud homme, Child s great nephew and My Life in France

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Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American CuisineVery cool a breezy American culinary history that you didn t know you wanted Bon Appetit reveals a fascinating look at our past and uses long forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat.The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population that makes for a

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Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America

Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in AmericaCookbook author and food writer Ruhlman explores the evolution of the American grocery store and how it has affected what we eat The author uses two of his Midwestern hometown grocery chains, Heinen s and Fazio s, and his memories of his father s love of food and grocery shopping as the foundation

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The Book of Spice: From Anise to Zedoary

The Book of Spice: From Anise to ZedoaryA tasty compendium of spices and a fascinating history and wide array of uses of the world s favorite flavors The Book of Spice From Anise to Zedoary reveals the amazing history of spices both familiar and esoteric John O Connell s erudite chapters combine history with insights into art, religion,

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Salt: A World History

Salt: A World HistoryFrom the Bestselling Author of Cod and The Basque History of the World In his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history salt The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is

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An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of HumanityThroughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes caused, enabled, or

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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the WorldThe Cod Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure precious that gold This book spans 1,000 years and four continents From

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Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and EatTechnology in the kitchen does not just mean the Pacojets and sous vide of the modernist kitchen It can also mean the humbler tools of everyday cooking and eating a wooden spoon and a skillet, chopsticks and forks Since prehistory, humans have braved sharp knives, fire, and grindstones to

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Spice: The History of a Temptation

Spice: The History of a TemptationA brilliant, original history of the spice trade and the appetites that fueled it It was in search of the fabled Spice Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circumnavigation of the globe Vasco da Gama sailed the dangerous waters around Africa to India on a quest for

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