Gardens of New Spain: How Mediterranean Plants and Foods Changed America

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$29.43
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $16.21
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 53%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (9) from $16.21   
  • New (3) from $28.53   
  • Used (6) from $16.21   

Overview

When the Spanish began colonizing the Americas in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, they brought with them the plants and foods of their homeland—wheat, melons, grapes, vegetables, and every kind of Mediterranean fruit. Missionaries and colonists introduced these plants to the native peoples of Mexico and the American Southwest, where they became staple crops alongside the corn, beans, and squash that had traditionally sustained the original Americans. This intermingling of Old and New World plants and foods was one of the most significant fusions in the history of international cuisine and gave rise to many of the foods that we so enjoy today.

Gardens of New Spain tells the fascinating story of the diffusion of plants, gardens, agriculture, and cuisine from late medieval Spain to the colonial frontier of Hispanic America. Beginning in the Old World, William Dunmire describes how Spain came to adopt plants and their foods from the Fertile Crescent, Asia, and Africa. Crossing the Atlantic, he first examines the agricultural scene of Pre-Columbian Mexico and the Southwest. Then he traces the spread of plants and foods introduced from the Mediterranean to Spain's settlements in Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California. In lively prose, Dunmire tells stories of the settlers, missionaries, and natives who blended their growing and eating practices into regional plantways and cuisines that live on today in every corner of America.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Sixteenth Century Journal
Gardens of New Spain is certainly approachable by gardeners, cooks, and amateurs of Southwestern studies as well as professional historians...it is an important addition to the sparse literature in English on the Old Southwest in the colonial era.
— William E. Burns, Howard University
New Mexico Historical Review
This scholarly document will be as enduring as the plants upon which it focuses and will reach a wide public audience because of its writing style.
— Karen R. Adams
Sixteenth Century Journal - William E. Burns
Gardens of New Spain is certainly approachable by gardeners, cooks, and amateurs of Southwestern studies as well as professional historians...it is an important addition to the sparse literature in English on the Old Southwest in the colonial era.
New Mexico Historical Review - Karen R. Adams
This scholarly document will be as enduring as the plants upon which it focuses and will reach a wide public audience because of its writing style.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292705647
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 395
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

William W. Dunmire of Placitas, New Mexico, is a retired National Park Service naturalist and writer-photographer on natural history topics.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Maps
Preface
Prologue
Chapter 1. Pre-Columbian Spain--The Full Hourglass
Chapter 2. Mexico before Columbus
Chapter 3. Pre-Columbian Agriculture in the American Southwest
Chapter 4. European Plantways to the New World: 1492-1521
Chapter 5. Old World Agriculture Comes to the Mexican Mainland
Chapter 6. Spanish Trade, Technology, and Livestock
Chapter 7. New Mexico's First Mediterranean Gardens
Chapter 8. Into Sonora and Arizona
Chapter 9. The Corridor into Texas
Chapter 10. Hispanic Farmers Return to New Mexico
Chapter 11. Mediterranean Connections to Florida and California
Epilogue
Appendix: Master Plant List
Glossary
Sources
Selected Bibliography
Index
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)