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Precious cargo : how foods from the Americas changed the world / Dave DeWitt.

DeWitt, Dave, (author.).
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Subject: Food > America > History.
Food habits > America > History.
America > Discovery and exploration.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781619023888
  • ISBN: 1619023881
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (399 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Berkeley : Counterpoint, [2014]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Spanish invasions and strange foods of the new world -- The culinary century: Turkish wheat, Indian chickens, and false pepper -- Exotic, strong, and sometimes intoxicating: new drinks and flavorings -- Venerous roots, poisonous love apples, and the king of fruits -- Of Kenkey, chop, piri-piri, and the testicle tree -- Sir George and the curry diaspora -- The fiery "vegetable civilizations" of Asia.
Summary: "Precious Cargo tells the fascinating story of how western hemisphere foods conquered the globe and saved it from not only mass starvation, but culinary as well. Focusing heavily American foods, specifically the lowly crops that became commodities, plus one gobbling protein source, the turkey, Dewitt describes how these foreign and often suspect temptations were transported around the world, transforming cuisines and the very fabric of life on the planet. Organized thematically by foodstuff, Precious Cargo delves into the botany, zoology and anthropology connected to new world foods, often uncovering those surprising individuals who were responsible for their spread and influence, including same traders, brutish conquerors, a Scottish millionaire obsessed with a single fruit and a British lord and colonial governor with a passion for peppers, to name a few. Precious Cargo is a must read for foodies and historians alike"--Provided by publisher.
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