Books on the History of Food
Anyone have a recommendation for a book on the history of food (i.e. different ways in which it has been consumed and prepared over the centuries and across cultures)? Something that is also fun to read and not too esoteric. Thanks!
Food in History by Reay Tannahill -- You can search through the book at amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/o2b9f
I also like these fascinating websites:
The Food Timeline
Culinary History Timeline: social history, manners & menus
Begin with some of James Trager's books (THE BELLYBOOK, THE FOOD BOOK), Carson Ritchie's FOOD IN CIVILIZATION, Martin Elkort's THE SECRET LIFE OF FOOD, Reay Tannahill's FOOD IN HISTORY, Vernon Pizer's EAT THE GRAPES DOWNWARD and Katie Stewart's THE JOY OF EATING. Any or all of these ought to get you started. None are dry academic tomes and a couple are outright funny.
These are all general "Food History" books. Other titles have a more limited scope - both chronologically and geographically. You may find an era or region that fascinates you. Check out the bibliographies of these books for more specific suggestions.