Beans: A History

March 9, 2017|
Beans: A History by Ken Albala
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This is the story of the bean, the staple food cultivated by humans for over 10,000 years. From the lentil to the soybean, every civilization on the planet has cultivated its own species of bean. The humble bean has always attracted attention - from Pythagoras'' notion that the bean hosted a human soul to St. Jerome''s indictment against bean-eating in convents (because they "tickle the genitals"), to current research into the deadly toxins contained in the most commonly eaten beans. Over time, the bean has been both scorned as "poor man''s meat" and praised as health-giving, even patriotic. Attitudes to this most basic of foodstuffs have always revealed a great deal about a society. Featuring a new preface from author Ken Albala,Beans: A Historytakes the reader on a fascinating journey across cuisines and cultures.
Ken Albalais Professor of History and Director of Food Studies at the University of the Pacific, USA. He is the author ofThe Food History ReaderandA Cultural History of Food in the Renaissance, both published by Bloomsbury.
Title:Beans: A History
Product dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 X 5.43 X 0.65 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 X 5.43 X 0.65 in
Published:March 9, 2017
Publisher:Bloomsbury Academic
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781350022270

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