The Taste of Empire

The Taste of Empire

How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

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"A history of the British Empire told through twenty meals eaten around the world… In The Taste of Empire, acclaimed historian Lizzie Collingham tells the story of how the British Empire's quest for food shaped the modern world. Told through twenty meals over the course of 450 years, from the Far East to the New World, Collingham explains how Africans taught Americans how to grow rice, how the East India Company turned opium into tea, and how Americans became the best-fed people in the world. In The Taste of Empire, Collingham masterfully shows that only by examining the history of Great Britain's global food system, from sixteenth-century Newfoundland fisheries to our present-day eating habits, can we fully understand our capitalist economy and its role in making our modern diets." -- Description provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780465056668
0465056660
Branch Call Number: 338.19 Co
Characteristics: xvii, 367 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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EmilyEm
Jul 06, 2018

Author uses anecdotes of real people to tell the story of how trade influenced eating in Great Britain and its colonial possessions in a timeline of many years. Engagingly told even if author strayed more into regular history than food history sometimes.

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