Food in World History

Food in World History

by Jeffrey M. Pilcher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415311454

ISBN-13: 9780415311458

Pub. Date: 12/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Providing a comparative and comprehensive study of culinary cultures and consumption throughout the world from ancient times to present day, this book examines the globalization of food and explores the political, social and environmental implications of our changing relationship with food.

Including numerous case studies from diverse societies and periods,

Overview

Providing a comparative and comprehensive study of culinary cultures and consumption throughout the world from ancient times to present day, this book examines the globalization of food and explores the political, social and environmental implications of our changing relationship with food.

Including numerous case studies from diverse societies and periods, Food in World History examines and focuses on:

  • how food was used to forge national identities in Latin America
  • the influence of Italian and Chinese Diaspora on the US and Latin America food culture
  • how food was fractured along class lines in the French bourgeois restaurant culture and working class cafes
  • the results of state intervention in food production
  • how the impact of genetic modification and food crises has affected the relationship between consumer and product.

This concise and readable survey not only presents a simple history of food and its consumption, but also provides a unique examination of world history itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415311458
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Series:
Themes in World History Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
The first world cuisine     8
The ingredients of change     17
The Columbian Exchange     19
Sugar, spice, and blood     27
Nouvelle cuisines     34
Moral and political economies     42
The taste of modernity     51
The industrial kitchen     55
Cuisine and nation-building     63
Empires of food     71
Migrant cuisines     79
The global palate     87
Guns and butter     91
The Green Revolution     100
McDonaldization and its discontents     108
Culinary pluralism     113
Conclusion     118
Index     123

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