An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of Humanity

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By (author) Tom Standage

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  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 21mm | 273g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843546353
  • ISBN 13: 9781843546351
  • Sales rank: 102,373

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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.

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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).

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'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