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Food: A History [Paperback]

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
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8 Nov 2002
This study delves into the history of how we eat and why we eat what we do. The journey goes from the start of humanity right through to the industrialism of the modern age. Starting with the notion of our decision to cook our food, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto introduces us to the revolutions which influenced our culinary habits, and he describes how food changed and changed us through the centuries, on the way explaining why "You are what you eat".


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (8 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033049144X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330491440
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 529,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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elipe Fernandez Armesto has been a member of the Faculty of Modern History at Oxford University since 1983, was most recently Union Pacific Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of numerous books, most notably Millenium: A History of the last Thousand Years (1995) and Civilizations (2000).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book of its kind 12 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto establishes the significance of food in cultural identity throughout history and around the world. Full of astonishing facts and rich in learning, Food: A History is ambitious in coverage and successful in achieving its objective. It is still the only book of its kind.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Snobby remarks and sloppy research 3 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I looked up the author and wondered how he had time to write all these books and one explanation is the lack of research; in considering cannibalism he refers to Issei Sagawa as someone who "disposed of an unwanted girlfriend" by eating her. A quick search tells anyone that this is not correct and a wholly inappropriate description of what happened. If you can stomach his dismissive remarks about other food authors, judgmental observations about the food of the hoi polloi and his leaden attempts at capturing the style of Alan Davidson then you might read something you haven-t read before but whether it-s true is quite another thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Great book, very informative. Very well written and a crucial read for anyone wanting to learn about the theory of food.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Famishing 12 Nov 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Following on from his other remarkable histories, Fernandez-Armesto has excelled himself in the arena of the foodies.
Yet this this is not a key 'bites' read into the latest London foodish fad, and moreover will not become splattered on the kitchen worktable.
Food is a book for thought and is led by an anthropological enquiry into the basis of human fuel.
It is an incisive, enlightening read - a cooking person's Boethius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but lacking 1 Aug 2007
By M. Buisman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a good read and will make you think twice about world history again. But with it's 250 pages it is too short and therefor it seems unfinished. It's a glimpse of what could have been cause you get the sense food has an even bigger and more important history.
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