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A Movable Feast
Ten Millennia of Food Globalization


  • Date Published: November 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107657458

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  • Pepper was once worth its weight in gold. Onions have been used to cure everything from sore throats to foot fungus. White bread was once considered too nutritious. From hunting water buffalo to farming salmon, A Movable Feast chronicles the globalization of food over the past ten thousand years. This engaging history follows the path that food has taken throughout history and the ways in which humans have altered its course. Beginning with the days of hunter-gatherers and extending to the present world of genetically modified chickens, Kenneth F. Kiple details the far-reaching adventure of food. He investigates food's global impact, from the Irish potato famine to the birth of McDonald's. Combining fascinating facts with historical evidence, this is a sweeping narrative of food's place in the world. Looking closely at geographic, cultural and scientific factors, this book reveals how what we eat has transformed over the years from fuel to art.

    • Chronicles the globalization of food over the past ten thousand years
    • Investigates food's global impact, from the Irish potato famine to the birth of McDonald's
    • Combining fascinating facts with historical evidence, this is a sweeping narrative of food's place in the world
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    '… brimming with curious titbits: the use of cocoa beans as currency; the accidental domestication of rye, oats and various legumes after they hitched a ride with wheat and barley; Coca-Cola's origins as a health tonic. Anyone interested in the history of food for whom The Cambridge World History of Food seems too large a helping will find Mr Kiple's sprightly summary volume far more palatable.' The Economist

    '… it is a pleasure to see this offspring volume, written by one of [The Cambridge World History of Food]'s co-editors, providing readers with a rich taste of the larger volume's delights, but at a manageable size and price … The whole experience of reading the book is rather like being absorbed in an animated and engaging dinner party conversation. The talk never ceases to be interesting …' The Historian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107657458
    • length: 381 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface: a movable feast: ten millennia of food globalization
    Introduction: from foraging to farming
    1. Last hunters, first farmers
    2. Building the barnyard
    3. Promiscuous plants of the northern fertile crescent
    4. Peripatetic plants of Eastern Asia
    5. Fecund fringes of the northern fertile crescent
    6. Consequences of the Neolithic
    7. Enterprise and empires
    8. Faith and foodstuffs
    9. Empires in the rubble of Rome
    10. Medieval progress and poverty
    11. Spain's New World, the Northern Hemisphere
    12. New world, new foods
    13. New foods in the southern New World
    14. The Columbian exchange and the Old Worlds
    15. The Columbian exchange and the New Worlds
    16. Sugar and new beverages
    17. Kitchen Hispanization
    18. Producing plenty in paradise
    19. The frontiers of foreign foods
    20. Capitalism, colonialism, and cuisine
    21. Homemade food homogeneity
    22. Notions of nutrients and nutriments
    23. The perils of plenty
    24. The globalization of plenty
    25. Fast food, a hymn to cellulite
    26. Parlous plenty into the twenty-first century
    27. People and plenty in the twenty-first century.

  • Author

    Kenneth F. Kiple, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
    Kenneth F. Kiple is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His edited collections include The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease (2003); The Cambridge World History of Food (2000, with Kriemhild Conee Ornelas); Biological Consequences of European Expansion 1450–1800 (1997, with Stephen V. Beck); Plague, Pox, and Pestilence: Disease in History (1997); The Cambridge History of World Disease (1993); and The African Exchange: Toward a Biological History of Black People (1987). Kiple is author of The Caribbean Slave: A Biological History (1984); Another Dimension to the Black Diaspora: Diet, Disease, and Racism (1981); and Blacks in Colonial Cuba 1774–1899 (1976, with Virginia Himmelsteib King). His considerable body of written works also includes numerous articles and essays in scholarly journals and books. His work has been supported with grants and fellowships from institutions including the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society and the National Institutes of Health.

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