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Food Fights and Culture Wars: A Secret History of Taste

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'An illustrated history of diet and society, which bubbles with culinary curiosities and fascinating tidbits' - The Daily Mail

An eclectic book of food history looking at carp and the Crusades, brown sauce and Byron, and chillies and cannibalism 

Beautifully illustrated with material from the collection of the British Library, this wide-ranging book addresses some of the fascinating, forgotten stories behind everyday dishes and processes. Among many conspiracies and controversies, the author meditates on the connections between the French Revolution and table settings, food thickness and colonialism, and lemonade and the Black Plague.

One of the Daily Mail's best illustrated books of 2016.

Details
  • Author: Tom Nealon
  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Date published: October 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0712357630
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.1 x 2.2 cm
Reviews

'The culinary fads and innovations of previous eras reflected their own concerns and conflicts. Tom Nealon brings several of these synergies to glorious light in the eclectic, free-ranging Food Fights and Culture Wars. An antiquarian bookseller and food history blogger, he unites his two passions in an engaging work . . . made more delightful still by lavish illustrations, reproduced from the British Library's collection, of cakes that look like architectural follies.'  - New York Times

'The author of this eccentric volume . . . [has] written a book full of unlikely theories, such as that the Crusades encouraged fish farming and, even more wild, that Paris was spared the worst of the bubonic plague because lemonade was in fashion. It's all terrific fun and, I suppose, could all be true.' - Country Life

'An illustrated history of diet and society, which bubbles with culinary curiosities and fascinating tidbits' - The Daily Mail


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