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  • Hardcover: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2nd, New and Expanded Edition edition (3 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405181192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405181198
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 4.1 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book should be in all libraries where history and food are a concern. It gives information that is not available anywhere else. It is well written and fascinating reading." ( American Reference Books Annual , 2010) " A History of Food is a concise yet massively entertaining read that looks at the earliest hunter–gatherer societies and moves on to bring readers right up to the modern day. … It goes quite well with a cup of tea and a biscuit, and dipping in anywhere will uncover something delicious." ( Heritage Key , December 2009) "The reader will be amazed and fascinated by the dizzying array of details about various foods in this 700–page tome." ( Choice Reviews , May 2009) "Classic text … .[Brought] up to date by including ′the latest scientific and technological discoveries′ regarding the food we eat." ( Contemporary Review , 2009) "This densely informed history ranges from the first bread loaves to the low–down on cauliflowers. Fab for food geeks, it′s one to dip into rather than devour in one go." ( Metro , December 2008) "The second edition of this dense tome is perfect for the historian on your list." ( San Francisco Chronicle , December 2008) "This densely informed history ranges from the first bread loaves to the lowdown on cauliflowers. Fab for food geeks, it′s one to dip into rather than devour in one go." ( Metro Food Books of the Year, December 2008) "A fascinating study that starts with the era when we are all still living in trees. Scrupulously thorough and pleasingly idiosyncratic, it promises the reader many a happy hour blissfully contemplating our ancient relationship with our stomachs. And that’s as much as you can ask from any food book." ( Independent , November 2008) "Forceful and challenging … A powerful, compelling and readable case against biblical literalism and fundamentalism." ( Times Higher Education , November 2008) "Encyclopaedic in scope, the result is never dull … You will find it, I guarantee, unfailingly witty and comprehensively rewarding." ( The Glasgow Herald , November 2008) "Scrupulously thorough and pleasingly idiosyncratic, it promises the reader many a happy hour blissfully contemplating our ancient relationship with our stomachs. And that′s as much as you can ask from any food book." ( The Independent , November 2008) "A fascinating, enormously impressive work which will delight not just the foodie but anyone in social history." ( Tribune , November 2008) "Toussaint Samat presents not just the historical background but the cultural, religious and social impact of food. Extensively researched with quotations from a wide array of historical sources … .Some areas receive more intense scrutiny—wine for example … .A useful source for students or researchers as a strong first reference point and for anyone with a dedicated interest in food history. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries." ( Library Journal , November 2008) "First published in France in 1987, the second edition of this dense tome is perfect for the historian on your list. It explores the 10,000–year–old relationship between humans and food, including facts about foie gras, the history of olive oil and the symbolism of poultry." ( San Francisco Chronicle , November 2008) "A fascinating study that starts with the era when we were still living in trees (yes, really). Scrupulously thorough and pleasingly idiosyncratic, it promises the reader many a happy hour blissfully contemplating our ancient relationship with our stomachs. And that′s as much as you can ask from any food book." ( The Independent on Sunday, November 2008) "A fascinating, enormously impressive work which will delight not just the foodie but anyone interested in social history." ( Tribune , November 2008) "This excellent guide is an exploration of man′s relationship with food from the discovery of fire onwards." ( The Independent , October 2008) "This book should be republished and re–titled THE History of Food. It′s probably the most remarkable book on the subject I have ever had the pleasure of reading." ( Mostly Food Journal , October 2008) Praise for the First Edition: "Indispensable, and an endlessly fascinating book. The view is staggering. Not a book to digest at one or several sittings. Savor it instead, one small slice at a time, accompanied by a very fine wine." ( New York Times ) "This book is not only impressive for the knowledge it provides, it is unique in its integration of historical anecdotes and factual data. It is a marvellous reference to a great many topics." ( Raymond Blanc, Restaurateur Writer ) "Quirky, encyclopaedic, and hugely entertaining. A delight." ( Sunday Telegraph ) "It′s the best book when you are looking for very clear but interesting stories. Everything is cross–referenced to an extraordinary degree, which is great because the information given is so complex and interweaving." ( The Independent ) " A History of Food is a monumental work, a prodigious feat of careful scholarship, patient research and attention to detail. Full of astonishing but insufficiently known facts." ( Times Higher Education Supplement )

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"This book should be republished and retitled THE History of Food. It's probably the most remarkable book
on the subject I have ever had the pleasure of reading."

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It's not a history but more a collection of vignettes on food over the centuries. If you want a history don't buy it. If you want entertaining vignettes fine. I deeply regret my purchase,
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By GlobeTrotterGirl on 11 Nov 2014
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Great book, love the topics, fabulous depth of knowledge and fascinating even for non academic food historians. Love it!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aldo Marturano on 20 April 2012
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It is one of the best book ever printed. The author has a solid and broad knowledge of history and of medieval/ancient technology. Therefore the work is very reliable as a reference book for further or additional researches in the history of food and kitchen. I would recommend it to everybody even tho at the present time is very diificult to be found in the book market.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave M on 20 Jan 2014
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the book arived on time, well packed and the ncontents is a must read for anyone studying food, 100% happy wiyh my purchase
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jeannie on 7 Jun 2013
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I know she is french but she is so biased,everything is the best and heard of first in france,not much mention of british food or history,maybe should have picked history of british food!!!! interesting facts though,probally to many to absorb,this is a coffee table book to read again and again,picking out various sections.Did not quite get her Jokes!!
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