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Dangerous Tastes: The Story of Spices / Edition 1
     

Dangerous Tastes: The Story of Spices / Edition 1

by Andrew Dalby
 

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ISBN-10: 0520236742

ISBN-13: 9780520236745

Pub. Date: 10/31/2002

Publisher: University of California Press

Spices and aromatics are woven into human history. Since antiquity they have taken pride of place in the markets of the world for their irresistible contribution to food, drink, health, perfume, sex, religion, magic, and ritual. Hunger for spices lies behind some of the great explorations and has led to wealth, conquest, and even genocide.

Aromatics are among the

Overview

Spices and aromatics are woven into human history. Since antiquity they have taken pride of place in the markets of the world for their irresistible contribution to food, drink, health, perfume, sex, religion, magic, and ritual. Hunger for spices lies behind some of the great explorations and has led to wealth, conquest, and even genocide.

Aromatics are among the earliest commodities of prehistoric trade, and evidence of spices and perfumed oils has been found at numerous archaeological sites. Interest in their application to diet and pharmaceutics, expressed by classical writers and developed by medieval Islam, has continued in many traditional societies, and modern medicine has begun to agree.

It was in search of Eastern spices and drugs that the Portuguese opened up the sea route to India and the East Indies. Columbus sailed westward in search of another route to the Indies and discovered a New World with aromatics of its own. Colonial powers fought, enslaved, and killed to control this rich trade.

Dangerous Tastes offers a fresh perspective on these exotic substances and the roles they have played over the centuries. The author shows how each region became part of a worldwide network of trade -- with local consequences ranging from disaster to triumph.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520236745
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/31/2002
Series:
California Studies in Food and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
356,283
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
The phoenix's nest10
Silphium17
Exports from Paradise20
Ginger21
Sugar26
Sandalwood29
Balsam of Mecca33
Cinnamon36
Tejpat41
Musk46
The Spice Islands49
Cloves50
Nutmeg and mace53
Cubebs55
Camphor57
Gum benzoin60
The aromatic shore64
Ambergris65
Aloeswood68
The cinnamon mountains73
Chinese pepper75
Galanga78
Rhubarb and licorice79
Ginseng and star anise80
The land of pepper83
Putchuk or costus85
Spikenard86
Long pepper89
Black pepper90
Turmeric95
Red sanders96
Zedoary and zerumbet100
Amomum and cardamom102
The rarest of spices107
Gum guggul109
Asafoetida or hing110
Frankincense114
Myrrh117
Cargoes of complacence123
Coriander or cilantro126
Cumin, caraway, anise, ajowan and nigella127
Mustard133
Poppy134
Mastic136
Storax137
Saffron138
'I have found cinnamon!'140
Uchu, rocoto and ulupica141
Pink peppercorns142
Coca142
Chocolate144
Vanilla147
Chilli148
Tabasco pepper and Scotch bonnet151
Canella152
Balsam of Peru153
In quest of spicery155
Source texts159
Further reading162
Glossary of spice names165
Notes171
Index178
Illustration references184

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