Sugar: A Bittersweet History is a compelling and surprising look at the sweet commodity, from how it Africanized the cane fields of the Caribbean to how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution and jumpstarted the fast-food revolution.
The book explores the hidden stories behind this sweet product, revealing how powerful American interests deposed Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii, how Hitler tried to ensure a steady supply of beet sugar when enemies threatened to cut off Germany's supply of overseas cane sugar, and how South Africa established a domestic ethanol industry in the wake of anti-apartheid sugar embargos. The book follows the history of sugar to the present day, showing how sugar made eating on the run socially acceptable and played an integral role in today's fast food culture and obesity epidemic. Impressively researched and commandingly written, Sugar will forever change perceptions of this sweet treat.
|Publisher:||The Overlook Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||17 Years|
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"Appropriately powerful...[Abbott] offers up a number of fascinating stories" -- The New York Times Book Review
"Sugar and Sugar both will give readers a lift, and, ultimately, both offer hope." - Library Journal, Editors' Spring Picks
""The author has certainly done her homework." - HistoryWire
Readers will never again be able to casually sweeten tea or eat sweets without considering the long and fascinating history of sugar." - Booklist
"This comprehensive study of a food product found in beverages and menus everywhere is a fascinating achievement for this talented researcher of world history." -- Chicago Botanic Garden
"A 'must' for any culinary collection." -- Midwest Book Review