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Food Fights and Culture Wars

Tom Nealon

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ISBN 13: 9781468316797
Trim Size: 6 3/4" x 9 1/2"
Paperback
The Overlook Press
9/18/18

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“An engaging work that explores moments when taste for a new food sprang from or collided with larger forces . . . delightful.” (Lisa Abend, The New York Times Book Review)

Through war and plague, revolution and migration, people have always had to eat. Parallel to the history books, a second, more obscure history was being recorded in the cookbooks of the time, which charted the evolution of meals and the transmission of ingredients around the world. In this eclectic book of food history, antiquarian cookbook expert Tom Nealon makes the case that the course of civilization has secretly been defined by two forces: hunger and taste.

In the course of this sumptuous feast of a book, Tom Nealon takes on such overlooked themes as carp and the Crusades, brown sauce and Byron, and chillies and cannibalism. He examines conspiracies and controversies, probing the connections between the French Revolution and table settings, food thickness and colonialism, lemonade and the Black Plague, “and other astonishing connections in this wide-ranging history of food―and civilization itself” (Entertainment Weekly, Best New Books). Beautifully illustrated with material from the collection of the British Library, Food Fights & Culture Wars draws depth from Tom Nealon’s wide-ranging knowledge to explore the mysteries at the intersection of food and society.

Tom Nealon is a food writer and antiquarian bookseller who specializes in early printed books, literature, and anything to do with the often elusive history of food. His work has appeared in Slate, The Boston Globe, and extensively at Hilobrow.com. He lives with his wife and two children in Boston, where he runs Pazzo Books and occasionally insists that he is one of the world's leading authorities on condiments.

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