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5.0 out of 5 stars The only book of its kind
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Snobby remarks and sloppy research
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...
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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
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Andrew Fear "epicure wanderer" (Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany) - See all my reviews
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Snobby remarks and sloppy research, 3 Mar. 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Famishing, 12 Nov. 2001
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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 Great book, 18 Oct. 2011
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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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