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1st Edition

Food in World History

ISBN 9780415311465
Published December 20, 2005 by Routledge
144 Pages

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Book Description

Providing a comparative and comprehensive study of culinary cultures and consumption throughout the world from ancient times to present day, this book examines the globalization of food and explores the political, social and environmental implications of our changing relationship with food.

Including numerous case studies from diverse societies and periods, Food in World History examines and focuses on:

  • how food was used to forge national identities in Latin America
  • the influence of Italian and Chinese Diaspora on the US and Latin America food culture
  • how food was fractured along class lines in the French bourgeois restaurant culture and working class cafes
  • the results of state intervention in food production
  • how the impact of genetic modification and food crises has affected the relationship between consumer and product.

This concise and readable survey not only presents a simple history of food and its consumption, but also provides a unique examination of world history itself.

Table of Contents

1. The First World Cuisine  Part 1: The Ingredients of Change  2. The Columbian Exchange  3. Sugar, Spice, and Blood  4. Nouvelles Cuisines  5. Moral and Political Economies  Part 2: The Taste of Modernity  6. The Industrial Kitchen  7. Cuisine and Nation-Building  8. Empires of Food  9. Migrant Cuisines  Part 3: The Global Palate  10. Guns and Butter  11. The Green Revolution  12. McDonaldization and its Discontents  13. Culinary Pluralism

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'This is a solid little book that does an admirable job of incorporating a good deal of recent scholarship on food and foodways in a succinct and accessible fashion ... Food in World History is a welcome addition to the literature on early modern and modern food history, both for its conciseness and its solidly global approach.' - Eric R. Dursteler, Brigham Young University in Canadian Journal of History, spring-summer 2008