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PART ONE: INFLUENCES ON FOOD AROUND THE WORLD
2. Cultural Parameters
PART TWO: EUROPE: EARLY ROOTS OF OUR AMERICAN CUISINE
4. British Isles
6. Central Europe
7. Eastern Europe
PART THREE: ENRICHED BY THE MEDITERRANEAN SPHERE
10. The Iberian Peninsula
11. Greece and the Middle East
12. North Africa
PART FOUR: HERITAGE FROM SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
13. West Africa
14. East and Southern Africa
PART FIVE: FOOD TREASURES FROM THE ORIENT AND THE PACIFIC
15. India and Its Neighbors
16. Southeast Asia and Its Islands
20. Australia and New Zealand
PART SIX: AMERICAN FLAVORS
21. South America
22. The Caribbean
23. Central America and Mexico
24. United States
Each of us is a member of (or soon will become a part of) a minority in the United States, but most of us have much to learn about the foods preferred by people in different subgroups within our increasingly polycultural nation. This book will help you gain a broader knowledge of what people eat around the world; it is based on the assumption that what people eat is shaped over the centuries by geographic, historical, cultural, and economic factors. Rather than focusing only on food, the reader will develop a broader understanding and appreciation of the cultural uniqueness of the food patterns in nations around the world. Numerous photographs, maps, and recipes will help you visualize and sample the actual heritage of new immigrants and other people whose ancestors came from abroad.
In recognition of the several religions discussed in this book and the influences they have imparted to food patterns, the dating system used is BCE (before the common era) and CE (common era) rather than the traditional BC and AD. Also, some of the recipes have been slightly modified to simplify the problems of finding particularly exotic ingredients without sacrificing the character of the dishes. Changes have not been made to accommodate the palate of the unadventurous diner.
As you explore the world and its foods in these chapters, new images and a spirit of adventure about the world of food will develop. Knowledge of cultural food preferences is particularly important for dietitians, nutritionists, and food technologists so they will succeed in meeting the challenges of helping people from cultures other than their own achieve healthy and satisfying food patterns in this country. Regardless of your professional goals, you will perhaps find that you are willing to experience a broader range of foods by the time you finish this book. You may find that you are picturing the romantic days of the Mughals the next time you dine at an Indian restaurant, or perhaps images of the Ming Dynasty are flashing through your mind as you feast on Chinese food. The possibilities could go on and on. When you finish this book, you will be acquainted with the many cultures and their foods around the world.
So, now it is time to grab your imaginary passport and journey around the world with us through the pages of this book.
Posted May 24, 2013
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The agent I spoke with told me that even though the book was for 4-14 business days I also needed to allow 2 weeks for customs to clear the book. No way! Not in my many, many experiences! I told him this was for large orders, not single book or small books orders. He was adamant, and said I could not contact BN with a complaint until 2 more weeks had passed. My class had started 2 weeks earlier and it was a 7 1/2 weeks course. I told him this was NOT stated anywhere in their shipping policies. He was adamant. He also told me that international shipping with BN doesn't have tracking. WHAT?! He never addressed my issues with not being able to access my own BN account, namely that every time I requested a password reminder, nothing was sent to my email.
I kept trying to access that account and 24 hours later, suddenly all my password reminder requests came at once. Finally! But it didn't really help to access it because it offered no tracking on my order. And BN communication still failed me on another level. I emailed a summary of the problem on the Contact Customer Service page. Unlike all other companies that have such a contact service, I did NOT receive a copy of my letter in my email account. I received NOTHING. And according to the site, I was to allow 2 business days for a response. Again, NOTHING! BN seems to effectively wash their hands of "problems". They really, really need to address their customer service. If a company can't guaranteee an order and offer support for that order to further its arrival, then customers should look elsewhere to make their purchases.
In complete frustration, I was forced to re-order the book but from Amazon, who offers tracking, and has been great with their customer service. Because of time constraints, I ordered from Amazon expedited express 2-4 business days and the book was placed in my hands 4 business days later. The book I ordered from BN still is ... where?