Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. It formed the high point of Roman feasts and was the mainstay of the traditional working-class diet in Europe and North America for centuries. Today it remains popular in Western countries, while for the Chinese, 'meat' means pork unless otherwise specified. Almost every part of a pig is edible, and pork is the most versatile of meats - ranging from the rich, delicate succulence of a roast loin to the dry, salty assertiveness of ham and bacon. "Pork: A Global History" tells how pork, the favourite meat of rich Romans, was disparaged in later centuries as a useful meat for the middle and lower classes. European settlers brought pork to the Americas and barrel pork, kept submerged in a barrel of brine, became a staple of working-class people in the USA. Pork has always been prized by all classes in China. Beautifully illustrated and filled with recipes from around the world, Pork will be a necessary addition to the bookshelf of any lover of bacon, sausage or pork chops.
Katharine M. Rogers, a Professor of English Emerita at the City University of New York, moved to Maryland after her retirement and pursued her life-long interest in natural history. When she volunteered at the National Zoo, she was assigned to the Invertebrate Exhibit. There it first occurred to her that invertebrates might be displayed and studied for themselves, rather than taken for granted as pests (cockroaches) or food sources (lobsters). After spending many hours observing the creatures in the Invertebrate Exhibit, she began to see them more from their own point of view, as animals that exist for themselves, perceiving the world in their various ways and dealing with the problems of living as all animals must. She learned that the flower-like anemones were purposefully wafting their tentacles in order to find and secure prey, that the lobster's nineteen pairs of appendages were diverse tools that it manages with great skill, that the octopus's jointless arms, covered with suckers that feel and taste, give it capacities for sensation and manipulation that we can only imagine. Then she began to wonder how these alien animals "worked," both physiologically and, in the case of higher invertebrates, psychologically. This led her to serious research and, ultimately, to an ebook - "Meet the Invertebrates: Anemones, Octopuses, Spiders, Ants, and Others." This introduces readers to thirteen invertebrates, from a sponge, which is as simple as an animal can be, to an active, efficient ant.
During her teaching career and first years of retirement, Rogers wrote on literature, especially on issues relating to women. She started research on her first book, "The Troublesome Helpmate: A History of Misogyny in Literature," when she was forced onto unpaid leave after becoming pregnant. This was followed by:
"William Wycherley"(author of the Restoration comedy "The Country Wife"),
"Feminism in Eighteenth-Century England,"
"Frances Burney: The World of 'Female Difficulties',"
"The Cat and the Human Imagination,"
"L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz,"
"First Friend: A History of Dogs and Humans,"
and "Pork: A Global History."
She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland, with her husband, our dog, and our cat.