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The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World

The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World

A History of Rice, Salt, Honey, Pork, Tomatoes, Chiles, and Cacao

by Jenny Linford and Alice Pattullo

Hardback Publication Date: 16/10/2018

  $46.50
A culinary history of the seven food staples that have shaped human history, including 63 original recipes

The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World is a global culinary history told through the stories of seven essential ingredients found in cuisines all over the world: honey, salt, chile, pork, rice, cacao, and tomato. Each of these foundational ingredients has played a long and valuable role in human foodways and culture, and each has its own fascinating history.

This engagingly illustrated book traces the journeys of these foodstuffs as they were transported from their regions of origin to faraway cultures and countries, there to take up starring roles in new cuisines. The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World explores each food in depth, beautifully illustrated by specially commissioned artworks, and views them through a number of prisms--social, cultural, historical, and botanical--to offer readers fresh, informative insights into seemingly everyday foods that reveal themselves as wondrous. The rich and diverse cultural stories of these seven ingredients are also told, from the magical and aphrodisiac powers associated with cacao in Mesoamerican culture to the introduction of tomatoes to Europe by the Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century and the earliest cultivation of rice in China's Pearl Valley. Readers can take the seven ingredients into their own kitchens via 63 original recipes for dishes both traditional and innovative.

ISBN:
9781588346421
9781588346421
Category:
Food & society
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
16-10-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
232.41x176.78x27.94mm
Weight:
0.84kg
Jenny Linford

Jenny Linford is a professional food writer based in London. She has written for a variety of well-known publications including The Guardian, Time Out and The Times.

She is the author of fifteen books including the Food Lovers' London, now in its seventh edition and was a contributor to A Green Guide to Country Foods, published by Cico.

Alice Pattullo

Alice Pattullo is an illustrator and printmaker based in East London.

She graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours in Illustration from Brighton University.

She works predominantly in screen print producing limited edition prints for sale in various outlets across the UK and online.

Research is at the heart of her practice and her work is often inspired by British folk tradition and superstition.

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