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An exploration of humans' symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals presents information on prehistoric partnership societies, the roles of spices and spirits in the rise of dominator societies; and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol.

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Un tour du monde gourmand des plus grandes traditions alimentaires favorisant la vitalité, la longévité et la santé optimale : Japon - Chine - Inde - Vietnam - Thaïlande - Crète - Grèce - Italie - Provence . Explorez les secrets de santé de la cuisine asiatique…

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From appetizers to desserts, the rustic to the refined, here are more than two hundred recipes from ancient Rome tested and updated for today's tastes. With its intriguing sweet-sour flavor combinations, its lavish use of fresh herbs and fragrant spices, and its…

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In Alphabet for Gourmets , M.F.K. Fisher arranges a selection of her essays in a whimsical way that reveals the breadth and depth of her passion. From A for (dining) alone to Z for Zakuski, "a Russian hors d'oeuvre," Fisher alights on both longtime obsessions…

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These books are a excellent reference source for those who need to understand spices. Vol. I covers the history of spices from ancient times to the modern world, description of spices, as well as an outline of trends in the spice industry. An Appendix, in…

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Engagingly written volume not only provided the mid-19th-century housekeeper with recipes for scores of nutritious dishes but also offered wide-ranging suggestions for frugal and intelligent household management. Includes advice on selecting and preparing foods,…

Simple Cooking

by John Thorne

|November 16, 1996

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John Thorne's classic first collection is filled with straightforward eating, home cooking, vigorous opinions, and the gracefully intelligent writing that makes him a cult favorite of people who like to think about food.

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Something has happened to food in America: It is no longer simply food - filling, good-tasting, life-sustaining. Rather, it is "fat-free" or "high in fiber" or "low in cholesterol" - either an enemy that will steal life away or a savior that will prolong it…

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Savory Suppers and Fashionable Feasts offers a delightfully flavorful tour of dining in America during the second half of the nineteenth century. Susan Williams investigates the manners and morals of that era by looking at its eating customs and cooking methods.…

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A cookbook classic, acclaimed for such innovations as simple directions, concern with nutrition and terms now standard in American cooking. Detailed methods for preparing soups, seafood, meat, vegetables, poultry, salads, hot and cold desserts, and many other…

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Nominated for two Julia Child Cookbook Awards and a James Beard Award, a nonfiction Like Water for Chocolate that explores one Mexican-American family's legacy of folklore, migration, and, of course, food.

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An engaging look at "food prejudices," or why we eat what we eat and why we reject other food sources as unpalatable--with recipes! "This is a unique and engrossing work and, to my mind, an important contribution to the annals of gastronomy. It will not, of…