Pepper : A History of the World's Most Influential Spice

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As Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds, said, "After reading Marjorie Shaffer's Pepper, you'll reconsider the significance of that grinder or shaker on your dining room table. The pursuit of this wizened berry with the bite changed history in ways you've never dreamed, involving extraordinary voyages, international trade, exotic locales, exploitation, brutality, disease, extinctions, and rebellions, and featuring a set of remarkable characters." From the abundance of wildlife on the islands of the Indian Ocean, which the Europeans used as stepping stones to India and the East Indies, to colourful accounts of the sultan of Banda Aceh entertaining his European visitors with great banquets and elephant fights, this fascinating book reveals the often surprising story behind one of mankind's most common spices.

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 340.19g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
  • 0312569890
  • 9780312569891
  • 591,143

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"This is more than the story of a spice...Get ready for a sweeping ride through history." --David Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Polio: An American Story" "After reading Marjorie Shaffer's Pepper, you'll reconsider the significance of that grinder or shaker on your dining room table."--Mark Pendergrast, author of "Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World" "Pepper was once as critical a commodity as oil. Marjorie Shaffer weaves a delightful history of the Indian Ocean and the South Seas."--Robert D. Kaplan, author of "Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power"

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About Marjorie Shaffer

MARJORIE SHAFFER has written for "The New York Times," " The" "Financial Times," and" Popular Science" magazine. She was a business reporter for "Reuters "and a former Knight science journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A graduate of Brown University, she received a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a science writer and editor at New York University School of Medicine. She lives in New York City.

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