The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat

The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat

by Joel S. Denker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810895706
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/2017
Series: Rowman & Littlefield Studies in Food and Gastronomy Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.92(d)

About the Author

Joel Denker, a Washington-based food historian, is the author, among other books, of The World on a Plate: A Tour through the History of America’s Ethnic Cuisine and Capital Flavors: Exploring Washington’s Ethnic Restaurants. He has written for the Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and other publications. He has taught American History and a wide range of other subjects at George Washington University, Rutgers University, SUNY/College at Old Westbury, and other institutions. His rich background in educational innovation includes developing an early alternative high school in Washington, DC; teaching refugees in Tanzania; and organizing a labor studies degree at Washington’s city university.

Table of Contents

Anise: The Allure of Anise
Apricot: “Moon of the Faith”: Appreciating the Apricot
Artichoke: The Artichoke “Undressed”
Arugula: The “Lascivious Leaf”: The Allure of Arugula
Asparagus: Asparagus: Scents and Non-Scents
Avocado: The “Butter Pear”: The Mysterious Avocado
Banana: The “Curiosity of the Indies”: The Baffling Banana
Basil: Holy Basil
Broccoli: “It’s Not Broccoli. It’s Andy Boy”
Cabbage: Head of Its Class: The Cabbage
Caper: The Wild Caper
Cardamom: From Arabia to Scandinavia: A Cardamom Chronicle
Carrot: The Carrot Purple
Cashew: The Nutty Fruit: The Curious Cashew
Celery: The Celery Cure
Chickpea: The Battle over the Bean: The Curious Chickpea
Chocolate: Food of the Gods: Chocolate
Cinnamon: “Sweet Wood”: Cinnamon
Clove: The “Nail Incense”: Uncovering the Clove
Coffee: The “Wine of the Bean”: Coffee
Coriander: Saved from the “Two-Headed Serpent”: The Curious History of Coriander
Cranberry: The “Bitter Berry”: Reclaiming the Cranberry
Cucumber: The “Bilious” Cowcumber
Cumin: Hidden Punch: Cumin’s Untold Story
Dill: A Fine Feathered Friend: The Wonders of Dill
Eggplant: The “Mad Apple”: The Terrifying Eggplant
Fennel: The Truth about Finocchio
Garlic: The “Stinking Rose”: The Wonders of Garlic
Lentil: “Poor Man’s Meat”: The Lentil
Mint: Vigor and Venery: The Story of Mint
Nutmeg: The “Harem Tree”: Nutmeg
Olive: “A Taste as Old as Cold Water:” The Story of the Olive
Onion: Knowing Your Onions
Orange: Sweet for Sour Oranges
Papaya: The “Fruit of Angels”: The Papaya
Peanut: Found a Peanut
Pear: Gift of the Gods: The Pear
Pepper, Black: Hot Commodity: A Pepper Story
Pineapple: Yes, We Have No Ananas: The Pineapple
Pistachio: The Princely Pistachio
Pomegranate: Persephone’s Temptation: The Seductive Pomegranate
Potato: The “White Truffle”: The Perplexing Potato
Saffron: Hunting for Gold: The Sage of Saffron
Spinach: The “Prince of Leafy Greens”: Spinach
Strawberry: Sex and the Single Strawberry
Sweet Potato: Candy from the Field: The Sweet Potato
Tomatoes: “Home Grown Tomatoes”
Vanilla: The Scent of Vanilla
Walnut: Cracking the Walnut
Watermelon: “What the Angels Eat”: The Watermelon

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