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An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage
  

An Edible History of Humanity

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Synopsis

An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage

Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance. It has acted as a tool of social transformation, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion. In An Edible History of Humanity Tom Standage serves up a hugely satisfying account of ways in which food has, indirectly, helped to shape and transform societies around the world. It is a dazzling account of gastronomic revolutions from pre-history to the present.

Reviews

'This is a clever book. It shows how many hidden forces are at work - political, social, economic - when you sit down for dinner.'
The Times

'Not a history of any one food but a history through food... With Standage it is not what changes in food that matters, but rather what food changes. And it's not just one food lifting and guiding history, but what Adam Smith might have called the invisible forkA of food economics.'
New Scientist

'Highly readable, thought-provoking'
Scotsman

'Erudite and thoughtful - An important contribution to the debate on food - A book of real significance.'
Scotland on Sunday

About the Author

Tom Standage is business editor at The Economist and the author of The Turk, The Neptune File, The Victorian Internet, and A History of the World in Six Glasses (Atlantic, 2006). He lives in Greenwich, London.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st February 2010

Author

Tom Standage

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Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Food & society
Social & cultural history

ISBN

9781843546351

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