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

Author: Joel S. Denker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442248866

Category: Cooking

Page: 328

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How many otherwise well-educated readers know that the familiar orange carrot was once a novelty? It is a little more than 400 years old. Domesticated in Afghanistan in 900 AD, the purple carrot, in fact, was the dominant variety until Dutch gardeners bred the young upstart in the seventeenth century. After surveying paintings from this era in the Louvre and other museums, Dutch agronomist Otto Banga discovered this stunning transformation. The story of the carrot is just one of the hidden tales this book recounts. Through portraits of a wide range of foods we eat and love, from artichokes to strawberries, The Carrot Purple traces the path of foods from obscurity to familiarity. Joel Denker explores how these edible plants were, in diverse settings, invested with new meaning. They acquired not only culinary significance but also ceremonial, medicinal, and economic importance. Foods were variously savored, revered, and reviled. This entertaining history will enhance the reader’s appreciation of a wide array of foods we take for granted. From the carrot to the cabbage, from cinnamon to coffee, from the peanut to the pistachio, the plants, beans, nuts, and spices we eat have little-known stories that are unearthed and served here with relish.
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Pigs, Pork, and Heartland Hogs

From Wild Boar to Baconfest

Author: Cynthia Clampitt

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 153811075X

Category: Cooking

Page: 264

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Pigs, Pork, andHeartland Hogs is an engaging celebration of the 12,000-year connection between humans and the world’s most commonly consumed meat: pork. Throughout history, pigs shaped cultures and cuisines. Introduced into the Americas, they changed lives and, in time, helped define the Midwest, reflecting the region’s diversity and abundance.
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Nomadic Food

Anthropological and Historical Studies around the World

Author: Jean Pierre Williot,Isabelle Bianquis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538115999

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This enlightening collection of essays from expert scholars examines the idea of food nomadism and food nomads. Looking at the role of mobility and the influence of food manufacturers and related industries, they reveal the complexities of this intriguing subject.
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Food in the Gilded Age

What Ordinary Americans Ate

Author: Robert Dirks

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 144224514X

Category: Cooking

Page: 226

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The Gilded Age is renowned for a variety of reasons, including its culture of conspicuous consumption among the newly rich. In the domain of food, conspicuous consumption manifested itself in appetites for expensive dishes and lavish dinner parties. These received ample publicity at the time, resulting later on in well-developed historical depictions of upper-class eating habits. This book delves into the eating habits of people of lesser means. Concerning the African American community, the working class, the impoverished, immigrants, and others our historical representations have been relatively superficial. The author changes that by turning to the late nineteenth century’s infant science of nutrition for a look at eating and drinking through the lens of the earliest food consumption studies conducted in the United States. These were undertaken by scientists, mostly chemists, who left their laboratories to observe food consumption in kitchens, dining rooms, and various institutional settings. Their insistence on careful measurement resulted in a substantial body of detailed reports on the eating habits of ordinary people. This work sheds new light on what most Americans were cooking and eating during the Gilded Age.
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Pot in Pans

A History of Eating Cannabis

Author: Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1538106981

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

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Pot in Pans is a comprehensive history of cannabis as a unique culinary ingredient, from ancient India and Persia to today’s explosive new market. Cannabis, the hottest new global food trend, has been providing humans with nutrition, medicine, and solace – against all odds – since the earliest cavepeople discovered its powers.
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