Moveable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of Food

Moveable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of Food

by Gregory McNamee
ISBN-10:
0803216327
ISBN-13:
9780803216327
Pub. Date:
04/01/2008
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
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Moveable Feasts: The History, Science, and Lore of Food


Food has functioned both as a source of continuity and as a subject of adaptation over the course of human history. Onions have been a staple of the European diet since the Paleolithic era; by contrast, the orange is once again being cultivated in large quantities in southern China, where it was originally grown. Other foods remain staples of their original regions as well as of the world diet at large. Still others are now grown in places that would have seemed impossible in the past—bananas in heated greenhouses in Iceland, corn on the fringes of the Gobi Desert, tomatoes on the International Space Station.
 
But how did humans discover how to grow and incorporate these foods into their diet in the first place? How were they chosen over competing foods? In this charming and frequently surprising compendium, Moveable Feasts gathers revelations from history, anthropology, chemistry, biology, and many other fields and spins them into entertaining tales of discovery while adding more than ninety delicious recipes from various culinary traditions around the world.
 
Among the thirty types of food discussed in the course of this alphabetically arranged work are the apple, the banana, chocolate, coffee, corn, garlic, honey, millet, the olive, the peanut, the pineapple, the plum, rice, the soybean, the tomato, and the watermelon. All the recipes accompanying these diverse food histories have been adapted for re-creation in the modern kitchen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803216327
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: At Table Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
Almond
Amaranth
Apple
Artichoke
Asparagus
Banana
Basil
Broccoli
Cantaloupe
Carrot
Chile
Corn
Cranberry
Eggplant
Garlic
Grape
Honey
Lettuce
Okra
Olive
Onion
Orange
Pear
Pineapple
Potato
Rice
Spinach
Tomato
Watermelon
Wheat
Index

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