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What would be your topic - a la Kurlansky's Salt, Oyster, Cod?

grocerytrekker Jan 29, 2007 09:26 AM

If you were to write a book, "History of ........"

What would be a good, interesting topic?

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    Leper RE: grocerytrekker Jan 29, 2007 09:54 AM

    Prohibition and the Moonshiners. (Which developed into a cottage industry called NASCAR.)

    1. pitu RE: grocerytrekker Jan 29, 2007 09:55 AM

      tomato

      1. ElsieDee RE: grocerytrekker Jan 29, 2007 02:35 PM

        Corn

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          Junie D RE: ElsieDee Apr 24, 2007 02:54 PM

          Betty Fussel wrote The Story of Corn.

        2. Brian S RE: grocerytrekker Jan 30, 2007 07:25 AM

          Pepper. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pe... Though I might have picked the tomato had I thought of it first. It always fascinated me that it was not until the late 18th or early 19th century that Italians started to make red sauce from tomatoes. Tomatoes reached Italy from Mexico during the early 17th century but it took 200 years before they were used for sauce... in part because the first tomatoes were green and relatively flavorless. (Fried green tomatoes, that quintessential Southern US dish, was invented in Italy around 1700.) The book "Indian Givers" by Jack Weatherford, which I haven't read, has a lot on crops like tomato, I believe.

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            howund09 RE: Brian S Jan 30, 2007 07:47 AM

            same goes for coffee, tea, chocolate, pumpkins, turkey, most beans, peppers, potatoes, and there's more. The Italians and the Chinese are credited with alot that is of American origin. Check out MK's new one, "small bites".

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              Low Country Jon RE: howund09 Jan 30, 2007 12:35 PM

              Tea? Assuming you're talking about the actual plant and not simply steeping any kind of leaf to make a beverage, everything I've ever read affirms that tea did originate in what is now southern China and northeastern India, places where the plant still grows wild today.

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              Will Owen RE: Brian S Apr 13, 2007 05:16 PM

              "Tomatoes reached Italy from Mexico during the early 17th century but it took 200 years before they were used for sauce... in part because the first tomatoes were green and relatively flavorless. (Fried green tomatoes, that quintessential Southern US dish, was invented in Italy around 1700.)"

              In many parts of Italy people use red ripe tomatoes ONLY for cooking - for eating in salads, they prefer them with a good bit of green, finding the ripe ones bland and insipid. When we were served green tomatoes in our salads down the coast from Genoa, it wasn't because they were trying to foist inferior fruit on us as Ma-in-law assumed, but because that's how they like them.

            3. clamscasino RE: grocerytrekker Jan 30, 2007 08:24 AM

              cheese

              1. grocerytrekker RE: grocerytrekker Apr 5, 2007 10:31 AM

                The obvious - PIG

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                  luniz RE: grocerytrekker Apr 5, 2007 11:16 AM

                  barbecue (real barbecue)

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                    kindofabigdeal RE: luniz Apr 16, 2007 03:42 PM

                    That'd be a great topic, but the book would have to focus on the eymological evolution of the word as well, which means you might have to include more than just what you count as real barbecue.

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                    kindofabigdeal RE: grocerytrekker Apr 16, 2007 03:44 PM

                    Noodles or flatbreads

                    1. sbp RE: grocerytrekker Apr 16, 2007 05:48 PM

                      Regional Cuisines Pre Chile Peppers. What was eaten in Thailand, Korea, Sichuan, Southern India, etc. before the New World brought chiles?

                      1. Quine RE: grocerytrekker Apr 16, 2007 05:51 PM

                        Rice

                        1. MaspethMaven RE: grocerytrekker Apr 16, 2007 07:09 PM

                          Beer

                          1. Karl S RE: grocerytrekker Apr 24, 2007 05:34 PM

                            The Egg.

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                              Alice Letseat RE: Karl S Apr 24, 2007 05:47 PM

                              Like Quine...rice. And maybe...beef. Pork might also be good...so many diverse opinions...

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