The Curiosities of Food: Or the Dainties and Delicacies of Different Nations Obtained from the Animal Kin gdom

The Curiosities of Food: Or the Dainties and Delicacies of Different Nations Obtained from the Animal Kin gdom

by Peter Lund Simmonds, P.L. Simmonds
     
 

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Originally published in London in 1859, this rare treasure of culinary history was recently brought to light in the award-winning Oxford Companion to Food, whose author, Alan Davidson, used it as a primary reference in researching some of the more obscure foodstuffs consumed across the globe. Davidson writes that "[CURIOSITIES] is in all probability the first attempt

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Originally published in London in 1859, this rare treasure of culinary history was recently brought to light in the award-winning Oxford Companion to Food, whose author, Alan Davidson, used it as a primary reference in researching some of the more obscure foodstuffs consumed across the globe. Davidson writes that "[CURIOSITIES] is in all probability the first attempt to write a general worldwide survey of animal products." Long out of print and scarce even in the antiquarian market, this lost classic of wit, erudition, and grand storytelling is now made available in a facsimile edition, with an introduction by Davidson. As Simmonds reveals in his charming culinary travelogue, just about everything that walks, swims, crawls, slithers, or flies has been eaten at one time or another, and the eminent Victorian scholar has the tasting notes. On lizards: "In Guatemala, there is a popular belief, that lizards eaten alive cure cancer. . . . The man who first eat a live oyster or clam, was certainly a venturous fellow, but the eccentric individual who allowed a live lizard to run down his throat was infinitely more so." • One of the most important works of culinary history from the nineteenth century, and a significant primary source for Alan Davidson's award-winning Oxford Companion to Food.


From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307814098
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
01/23/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
372
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

ALAN DAVIDSON is one of the world'¬?s leading authorities on fish and fish cookery. In 1975, he retired from Britain's diplomatic service to pursue a fruitful career as a food historian and writer. Cofounder and editor of the prestigious food journal Petits Propos Culinares, Alan has authored many books, including the award-winning Oxford Companion to Food and NORTH ATLANTIC SEAFOOD, which was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2002. He lives with his wife, Jane, in London, England.
PETER LUND SIMMONDS (1814–1897) was born in Aarhus, Denmark, and eventually moved to London, where he pursued his interest in agriculture and food consumption. He served as curator for the British exhibit at the Paris Exhibition in 1867 and the Amsterdam exhibitions in 1869 and 1883.


From the Hardcover edition.

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