An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of Humanity

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By (author) Tom Standage

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  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Format: Paperback | 269 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 23mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 27 April 2010
  • ISBN 10: 0802719910
  • ISBN 13: 9780802719911
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, maps
  • Sales rank: 382,818

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The bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses charts the enlightening history of humanity through the foods we eat. More than simply sustenance, food historically has been a kind of technology, changing the course of human progress by helping to build empires, promote industrialization, and decide the outcomes of wars. Tom Standage draws on archaeology, anthropology, and economics to reveal how food has helped shape and transform societies around the world, from the emergence of farming in China by 7500 b.c. to the use of sugar cane and corn to make ethanol today. An Edible History of Humanity is a fully satisfying account of human history.

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Tom Standage is business editor at "The Economist" magazine and the author of four works of history, including "A History of the World in 6 Glasses "and "The Victorian Internet. "He has also written for the "Guardian," the" New York Times," "Wired, "and other publications. He is married and has two children.

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"Cogent, informative and insightful.”"—Kirkus Reviews"“A fascinating history of the role of food in causing, enabling and influencing successive transformations of human society…An extraordinary and well-told story, a much neglected dimension to history.”—Sir Crispin Tickell, "Financial Times"“The emphasis on food as a cultural catalyst differentiates Standage from Michael Pollan, whose plants’ eye view of the world keeps the consumables central. 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 fork’ of food economics.”"—New Scientist"“Earliest civilizations appeared on earth when farmers banded together and exploited their excess crops as a means of trade and currency. This allowed some people to abandon agriculture [leading to] organized commu