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

St. Martin's Griffin - A well-documented companion to Mark Kurlansky's Salt. Publishers weekly mark kurlansky's smash hit Salt exposed the fascinating history of this everyday staple to countless readers around the world. From the abundance of wildlife on the islands of the Indian Ocean to colorful accounts of sultans entertaining their European visitors, this fascinating book reveals the often surprising story behind one of mankind's most common spices.

In this definitively researched and compelling story, Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice, Shaffer combines history, customs, and food lore to deliver a mesmerizing tale that every foodie will have to own. Now, in this perfect companion to Kurlansky's book, Marjorie Shaffer illuminates the rich history of pepper for a popular audience.

Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice - Vivid and entertaining, this sweeping tale of adventure and intrigue describes the essential role that pepper played in bringing both Americans and Europeans to Asia.





Salt: A World History

Penguin Books - The only rock we eat, and its story is a glittering, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, often surprising part of the history of humankind. Penguin Books. An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the WorldIn his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt.

A substance so valuable it served as currency, provoked and financed wars, secured empires, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.





Spice: The History of a Temptation

Vintage - In this brilliant, engrossing work, jack Turner explores an era—from ancient times through the Renaissance—when what we now consider common condiments were valued in gold and blood. Spices made sour medieval wines palatable, camouflaged the smell of corpses, and served as wedding night aphrodisiacs.

Indispensible for cooking, worship, medicine, and the arts of love, they were thought to have magical properties and were so valuable that they were often kept under lock and key. Vintage Books. For some, but they were potent symbols of wealth and power, for others, spices represented Paradise, the road to perdition, and the wish to possess them drove explorers to circumnavigate the globe—and even to savagery.

Spice: The History of a Temptation - Following spices across continents and through literature and mythology, Spice is a beguiling narrative about the surprisingly vast influence spices have had on human desire. Includes eight pages of color photographs. One of the best books of the year: discover Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle  Penguin Books.





Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Penguin Books SG-USB-125 - As we make our way through the centuries of cod history, and the tragic story of environmental failure, we also find a delicious legacy of recipes, of depleted fishing stocks where once their numbers were legendary. What was the staple of the medieval diet? Cod again, an enigmatic people with a mysterious, sold salted by the Basques, unlimited supply of cod.

What did the vikings eat in icy greenland and on the five expeditions to America recorded in the Icelandic sagas? Cod, frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. Vintage Books. Cod, is the reason europeans set sail across the Atlantic, it turns out, and it is the only reason they could.

Penguin Books. In this lovely, mark kurlansky ponders the question: is the fish that changed the world forever changed by the world's folly?“Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, thoughtful history, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish.

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World - David mccullough, author of The Wright Brothers and 1776 Penguin Books. An unexpected, mark kurlansky’s third work of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 james Beard Award, is the biography of a single species of fish, energetic look at world history on sea and land from the bestselling author of Salt and The Basque History of the WorldCod, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character.





Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World

Plume - In the vein of mark kurlansky's bestselling salt and cod, and uncertain fate of the world’s most popular fruit In this fascinating and surprising exploration of the banana’s history, mystery, and endangered future, cultural significance, a gripping chronicle of the myth, award-winning journalist Dan Koeppel gives readers plenty of food for thought.

Penguin Books. Penguin Books. Vintage Books. Fast-paced and highly entertaining, Banana takes us from jungle to supermarket, from corporate boardrooms to kitchen tables around the world. We begin in the garden of eden—examining scholars’ belief that eve’s “apple” was actually a banana— and travel to early-twentieth-century Central America, where aptly named “banana republics” rose and fell over the crop, while the companies now known as Chiquita and Dole conquered the marketplace.

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World - Koeppel then chronicles the banana’s path to the present, ultimately—and most alarmingly—taking us to banana plantations across the globe that are being destroyed by a fast-moving blight, with no cure in sight—and to the high-tech labs where new bananas are literally being built in test tubes, in a race to save the world’s most beloved fruit.





The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

Random House Trade Paperbacks - A towering accomplishment. Associated Press Penguin Books. A great tale of the growth of a modern city as seen through the rise and fall of the lowly oyster. Rocky mountain newsaward-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants–the oyster.

For centuries new york was famous for this particular shellfish, a staple food for all classes, which until the early 1900s played such a dominant a role in the city’s life that the abundant bivalves were Gotham’s most celebrated export, and a natural filtration system for the city’s congested waterways.

The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell - Filled with cultural, and photos–this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the seventeenth-century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of America’s environmentalist movement, drawings, and culinary insight–along with historic recipes, historical, maps, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan’s Gilded Age dining chambers.

. Kurlansky has a keen eye for odd facts and natural detail. The wall street journal“Kurlansky packs his breezy book with terrific anecdotes. Entertainment Weekly“Magnificent. With the big oyster, entertaining, Mark Kurlansky serves up history at its most engrossing, and delicious.





The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice

Ballantine Books - Penguin Books. Vintage Books. In this engaging, michael krondl, and anecdote-filled history, enlightening, Lisbon, a noted chef turned writer and food historian, tells the story of three legendary cities–Venice, and Amsterdam–and how their single-minded pursuit of spice helped to make and remake the Western diet and set in motion the first great wave of globalization.

The taste of conquest offers up a riveting, raw greed, globe-trotting tale of unquenchable desire, fickle fashion, and mouthwatering cuisine–in short, fanatical religion, the very stuff of which our world is made. Sharing meals and stories with indian pepper planters, Portuguese sailors, and Venetian foodies, Krondl takes every opportunity to explore the world of long ago and sample its many flavors.

The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice - Along the way, astonishing feats of bravery, he reveals that the taste for spice of a few wealthy Europeans led to great crusades, and even wholesale slaughter. As stimulating as it is pleasurable, in search of a tastier dish, and filled with surprising insights, The Taste of Conquest offers a compelling perspective on how, the world has been transformed.

Praise for the taste of Conquest“An altogether rich, perfectly seasoned slice of world history. The boston globe“as a chef I have always been deeply intrigued by the mystique of spices. Random House Trade. Spicy reading for food and history lovers alike. Associated Press“A delicious treat.





Paper: Paging Through History

W. W. Norton & Company - By tracing paper’s evolution from antiquity to the present, Mark Kurlansky challenges common assumptions about technology’s influence, with an emphasis on the contributions made in Asia and the Middle East, affirming that paper is here to stay. For the past two millennia, education, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, media, religion, commerce, promoting revolutions and restoring stability.

Norton. From the new york times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of paper and the astonishing ways it has shaped today’s world. Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. Random House Trade. Penguin Books. Vintage Books. 24 illustrations Penguin Books. Paper will be the commodity history that guides us forward in the twenty-first century and illuminates our times.





The White Tiger: A Novel

Free Press - A stunning literary debut critics have likened to Richard Wright’s Native Son, The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society. Penguin Books. Random House Trade. Norton. Penguin Books. On the occasion of the president of china’s impending trip to Bangalore, Balram writes a letter to him describing his transformation and his experience as driver and servant to a wealthy Indian family, which he thinks exemplifies the contradictions and complications of Indian society.

Vintage Books. Great product! Amoral, this novel is an international publishing sensation—and a startling, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, irreverent, provocative debut. This is the authentic voice of the Third World, like you've never heard it before” John Burdett, Bangkok 8. The white tiger of this novel is balram Halwai, a poor Indian villager whose great ambition leads him to the zenith of Indian business culture, the world of the Bangalore entrepreneur.

The White Tiger: A Novel - . Recalling the death of vishnu and bangkok 8 in ambition, scope, The White Tiger is narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own.





Butter: A Rich History

Algonquin Books - You will revel in dairy physics. A fascinating, tasty read. Delightful storytelling. Elizabeth falkner, author of Demolition Desserts: Recipes from Citizen Cake Penguin Books. All that and charm too. Mimi sheraton, author of 1, 000 Foods to Eat Before You Die “Irresistible and fascinating. Penguin Books. Edifying from every point of view--historical, cultural, and culinary.

David tanis, author of a platter of figs and Other Recipes It’s a culinary catalyst, an agent of change, a gastronomic rock star. After traveling across three continents to stalk the modern story of butter, award-winning food writer and former pastry chef Elaine Khosrova serves up a story as rich, textured, and culturally relevant as butter itself.

Butter: A Rich History - Random House Trade. With tales about the ancient butter bogs of ireland, politics, the pleasure dairies of France, and the sacred butter sculptures of Tibet, nutrition, economics, Khosrova details butter’s role in history, and even spirituality and art. And what a bonus to have a collection of essential classic butter recipes included.

David tanis, author of a platter of figs and other recipes “Following the path blazed by Margaret Visser in Much Depends on Dinner, Elaine Khosrova makes much of butter and the ruminants whose milk man churns. Readers will also find the essential collection of core butter recipes, and the only buttercream frosting anyone will ever need, including beurre manié, pâte brisée, croissants, as well as practical how-tos for making various types of butter at home--or shopping for the best.

Here, it finally gets its due.





Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid

Grove Press - From papantla in mexico-"the city that perfumed the world"-to the Indian Ocean islands, Vanilla traces the story of the vanilla plant and its secretive trade. Used book in Good Condition. Random House Trade. The traders who travel the world in search of America's favorite flavor are a small and secretive elite.

Because it has over four hundred separate flavor components, choosing premium vanilla beans is as complex as judging the aroma and taste of fine wine. Penguin Books. Vanilla finds its way into over half of all dessert products sold worldwide, well-known brands of rum and vodka, as well as the finest perfumes, and even Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

Vanilla: Travels in Search of the Ice Cream Orchid - Americans consume more vanilla than anyone else on Earth-a fact that has forced growers and traders to mount armed guard over their plants in the tropical jungle. Penguin Books. From the golden cups of Aztec emperors to the ice-cream dishes of U. S. Presidents, Vanilla has mystified and tantalized man for centuries.

Great product! Vanilla is a globetrotting adventure that follows buccaneers, aristocrats, and gourmets, all in search of the ice cream orchid.