Reay Tannahill, food historian and historical novelist: born Glasgow 9 December ; married Michael Edwardes (died ; marriage. When Reay Tannahill began working on the book that became “Food in History,” she was entering virgin territory. No one before her had. Surveys the evolution of man’s diverse gastronomic habits, customs, and traditions against their cultural and historical background.

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Tannahill offers no advise on how to eat, but rather a refreshing perspective that just might make you think of food differently. Feb 12, Sean Brady rated it liked it. However, the author if British and hilarious tnanahill and there, some of the footnotes she adds are just her own comments.

Food in History by Reay Tannahill

Aug 28, Arlian marked it as to-read. Dec 11, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: A lot of interesting insights into how regional food cultures may have been developed through practical survival of early humans in the Out of date, particularly the ending and some conclusions on the latest health claims of particular processed foods.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Here is a direct quote from his article: Aug 12, Jeff Kissel rated it liked it Shelves: Concise history of food dating back to BCE to the s.

There is a clear focus on Europe and the West, Africa is briefly mentioned. Interesting to see that some 80s food fads and ideas which have since been debunked!


The author ends with an enigmatic epilogue which posits that the early co-evolution of culture and cuisine was determined by the nature of an indigenous terrain, and thus, for a particular purpose ; but since these purposes have been transcended by technology and globalization, many peoples consume their traditional food uncognizant of the mismatch between the intended purposes of such food and the current reality.

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But more interesting to me was the description of the different practices tannahill have surrounding eating. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I read this book almost two years ago and that image has stuck with me.

A lot of people don’t realize that herbs and spices were put into use not only because they’re aromatic and tasty on their own, but because there was no such thing fopd refridgeration until the 20th century, meat went real bad, real quick. Sep 19, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: Changes in food can have long-lasting impacts. I try not to tnnahill to historical relativism, but I suppose in this case, I should note that the original book was published in This is a great book for anyone who appreciates the madness of modern diet preachers.

See 1 question about Food in History…. As the author notes in her introduction, for all our technological savvy and utopian visions of the approaching singularity, the fact remains that humanity is still not rid of its all-too-earthly dependence on food. After reading this book I’m amazed mankind survived those early ears.

Food in History

Sebuah buku sejarah yang ditulis dengan menarik, ringan, dan mengandung subjek yang menarik pula: The author’s interest seems to have evolved out the diet mania of the 60’s tha This is a great book for anyone who appreciates the madness of modern diet preachers. The international success came with the novel Food in History, her publisher suggested a companion volume on the second great human imperative, Sex in History. We’ve found more evidence to both agree with and dispute what Tannahill wrote in regarding the origins of our species.

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Entertaining and fact-packed, although it seems patchy at times. If you’re interested in the development of food, farming, meals, cuisine, etc, from really the dawn of time through the s, I’d pick this up, even if you only wanted tannzhill read a particular section on Food in Sumer or Fillet of Pegasus.

Reynolds wrote that article in Holy masculine generic, Batman!

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Historg 17, Ingrid Hardy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 16, Mike rated it really liked it. If you like sweeping anthropological books, you might find this right up your alley. Also worth reading in this field is Taste by Kate Colquhoun which focuses on Britain. Open Preview See a Problem? Shall report back in due time.