An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of Humanity

by Tom Standage

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Overview

The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses charts the enlightening history of humanity through the foods we eat.

More than simply sustenance, food historically has been a kind of technology, changing the course of human progress by helping to build empires, promote industrialization, and decide the outcomes of wars. Tom Standage draws on archaeology, anthropology, and economics to reveal how food has helped shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7500 b.c. to the use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol today. An Edible History of Humanity is a fully satisfying account of human history.



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ISBN-13: 9780802719911
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 25,400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tom Standage is business editor at The Economist magazine and the author of four works of history, including A History of the World in 6 Glasses and The Victorian Internet. He has also written for the Guardian, the New York Times, Wired, and other publications. He is married and has two children.

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