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The Food Bible?,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Cambridge World History of Food (Hardcover)
Like The Bible, this book comes in two massive volumes printed on tissue-thin paper. Hardly light reading, but because the space devoted to each topic is of necessity, small, it's possible to dip in and out with ease. The 'World History' is largely about raw materials rather than food ingredients or processing, so those searching for information on cheese, or kefir or koumiss rather than milk, for instance, will be very disappointed. The illustrations (all black-and white) vary in quality and little thought seems to have been given to their selection. It would be useful to see what those exotic fruit and veg look like, for instance. Instead, we're treated to a barely-visible photo of a melon costing $50, and numerous pictures of dogs - including two mummified ones! Despite the inclusion of chapters on biotechnology, much of the material on recent developments (e.g. BSE, E.coli O157) is already out-of-date. However, if you're looking for a comprehensive treatment in one place there's probably nothing better.