An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of Humanity

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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, military conflict & economic expansion. This text is an account of these indirect uses of food which have helped to shape & transform societies around the more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 30mm | 557.92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1843546345
  • 9781843546344
  • 367,667

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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 commushow more

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