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Six Thousand Years of Bread: Its Holy and Unholy History

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Yeast, water, flour, and heat. How could this simple mixture have been the cause of war and plague, celebration and victory, supernatural vision and more? In this remarkable and all-encompassing volume, H. E. Jacob takes us through six thousand dynamic years of bread's role in politics, religion, technology, and beyond. Who were the first bakers? Why were bakers distrusted during the Middle ages? How did bread cause Napoleon's defeat? Why were people buried with bread? Six Thousand Years of Bread has the ...
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1997 Trade paperback New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight binding with clean text. New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 416 p. Contains: Illustrations. Cooks Classic ... Library. Audience: General/trade. For 20 yrs author Heinrich E. Jacobs researched/wrote this comprehensive work on the role of bread & it's influence on politics, religion, technology & of course gastronomy. Read more Show Less

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Yeast, water, flour, and heat. How could this simple mixture have been the cause of war and plague, celebration and victory, supernatural vision and more? In this remarkable and all-encompassing volume, H. E. Jacob takes us through six thousand dynamic years of bread's role in politics, religion, technology, and beyond. Who were the first bakers? Why were bakers distrusted during the Middle ages? How did bread cause Napoleon's defeat? Why were people buried with bread? Six Thousand Years of Bread has the answers.Jacob follows the story from its beginning in ancient Egypt and continues through to modern times. The poignant and inspiring conclusion of the book relays the author's experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, subsisting on bread made of sawdust. (6 X 9, 416 pages, illustrations)
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Laurel Robertson
Jacob gives us not only kings and queens, but the very stuff of life -- earthy folks like you and me, and how we made our daily bread. It's a family history for anyone who bakes bread or likes to eat it. -- Author of The Laurel Kitchen Bread Book
Beth Hensperger
Jacob leads the reader along a trail of crumbs through time, allowing us to share bread with ancient tribes, dance at Roman bread festivals, plot to steal a host from a gilded tabernacle, and take a train across the American Empire of Wheat.-- Author of Beth's Basis Bread Book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558215757
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Cook's Classic Library Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.08 (d)

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