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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious!
What a fantastic book!

In the Devil's Garden is divided into eight sections (one for each of the seven deadly sins plus one for luck!)Part travelogue, part gourmet treat, part history book, this book ticks so many boxes you won't be disappointed.

The book is incredibly well researched and is written in a highly entertaining, often humourous way...
Published on 15 Aug 2006 by Sarah Durston

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sinful Writing and Terrible Tales
I had such high hopes for this book and was sorely disappointed. It's not witty and interesting enough to be a fun read and it is definately not in the slightest bit academic. The stories are fantastic but I feel the writer has been a little too creative with the facts, giving them no credibility or intrigue. His Americanisms and painfully coloquial style is not...
Published on 22 Oct 2009 by Tasha


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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but only in fractions, 28 Jun 2011
I really enjoyed the little stories about different kinds of food, chefs, monarchs and everything related to the dinnertable. It was smart, funny, well-written and interesting and an overall good read. But there were moments I really wanted to take the author's head and smash it against a pillow (not a wall, it was not too bad. Just looking for a mildly anoying punishment).
Lee Allen frequently tries to tie all his little stories up in one big explanatory discourse which has no scientific basis what so ever. He jumps from geographical areas and periods and comes to completely unjusticable conclusions. You cannot explain the Western phenomenon of anorexia by pointing to an Eastern food obsession in 500 B.C.
By only focusing on the stories and the parts the author doesn't 'overconclude' it is an thoroughly enjoyable book.
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In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food
In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen (Paperback - Mar 2003)
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