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text 2018-02-20 16:30
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Food: A Cultural Culinary History - Ken Albala

I am enjoying listening to this series of lectures so much that I don't want to stop to listen to the couple of chapters of Cosmos that I just promised myself I would intersperse with my other reading. I'm enjoying it so much that I can almost forgive this college professor his frequent mispronunciation of words like "arbiter." It is not "AR-bite-er. 


Food is essential to our being (without it we died) yet when we study history in the classroom, we rarely approach events in anything but political terms, so it is very interesting (and myth-busting) to approach our past from the point of view of what was being hunted, gathered, cultivated, traded and consumed. Please don't think that this is just a fluffy series of lectures; it is well grounded in events and contemporary original texts.


BTW, this may also be about food and eating but it is nothing like Consider the Fork, which I also read recently. They compliment one another.

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review 2017-10-20 15:53
Blink - Rick R. Reed

DNF @ 52%

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review 2017-10-18 04:51
The American Plate
The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites - Libby H. O'connell

A collection of "bites" about significant foods in American history, sometimes including recipes. I enjoyed this book at first and read half of it right away and then it took me a year and a half to read the second half. :(


What I liked: the historical trivia, the recipes that included the author's suggestions for contemporary or portion variations, and the broad selection of foods discussed. (Although honestly, I would not have minded not knowing about Kraft cheese. My childhood is ruined.)


What I didn't like: the soapbox politics that took up page space that could have been used to tell me more about the food. It seemed to get worse in the second half as the "bites" approached 20th century food culture.


As the title states, this book is also American-centric. YMMV on that bit.

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review 2017-06-24 18:00
Review: "Candy Man" (Candy Man, #1) by Amy Lane
Candy Man - Amy Lane


~ 3 stars ~


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review 2017-03-15 18:00
Review: "Misfits" by Garrett Leigh
Misfits - Garrett Leigh


~ 2.5 stars ~

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