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This review is from: Swindled: From Poison Sweets to Counterfeit Coffee - The Dark History of the Food Cheats (Hardcover)This could quite easily become my BOOK OF THE YEAR.
We are all familiar with the frequent reports of food crises which are the bread and butter of journalists from both tabloids and broadsheets, and many of us can remember the Salmonella in eggs scare that Edwina Currie was involved in, and John Gummer feeding his child beef during the BSE crises - the sensationalism of the media and the way in which the stories were covered sold a lot of newspapers.
There is however not one whiff of sensationalism in this rather splendid book by Bee Wilson which, despite some considerable delving into the politics and industrial games involved in food production, is an absolute page turner.
I think the average reader will finish reading this book having learnt a great deal more than he or she expected, and no doubt feeling more alert to his or her environment.
Despite the nastiness of some of the swindles and the unsavoury qualities of some of the adulterants that Bee Wilson writes about, this book does not leave a bad taste in the mouth, on the contrary I rather feel happier about going out to buy my food.
I cannot recommend this book enough.