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on 7 March 2013
The title perfectly explains its content, if you want to discover the history of humanity under a pervespective rarely told, this is the book for you. Tom Standage also wrote "A History of the World in Six Glasses", worth reading too.
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on 13 July 2010
Fantastically interesting story of how food has evolved and the politics and superstition behind our staple diet. Fascinating to read, well-written and not too complicated. Would recommend it to anyone interested in food, politics, history or just a well-told story. Who would have thought that the common potato had such folklore behind it?
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on 6 September 2013
This book gains my highest recommendation. You can apply its 'knowledge' to your everyday existence and it is a real eye-opener for everyone interested in nutrition, environment and agriculture (not necessarily in that order).
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on 21 January 2015
Best book in the world bar none.
Try going hungry for a week and see how the production and supply of food starts to interest you.
A completely different way of looking at the world.
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on 30 July 2009
This book gives a fascinating account of the key role food has played in our history. As well as the more obvious changes like the move from hunter gatherer to farmer, the description of, for example, how the spice trade encouraged exploration of the new world, is covered in great depth. It is extremely well written - if like me you were turned off history at school because it seemed very dry, this is an excellent take on the subject with masses of human interest stories to keep you turning the pages. Highly recommended.
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on 18 August 2009
Recently read this while on Holiday. A very balenced book which I would recomend to anyone
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