Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat


Product Details

University of California Press
Publish Date
July 23, 2019
6.3 X 1.3 X 8.1 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Robert N. Spengler III is the Archaeobotany Laboratory Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, a Volkswagen/Mellon Foundations Fellow, and a former Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.


"Fruitsfrom the Sands is an excellent example of a comprehensive and entertaining historical and botanical review, providing an enjoyable and cognitive read for scientists, general public, students and policy makers."--Nature
"Combines the studies of history, archaeology, and botany in an excellent account of where many of our foodstuffs originate, showing how they became distributed over most of Eurasia."--CHOICE
"Spengler tells a fascinating tale of a culinary past that is just beginning to come into focus. . . .Spengler's book provides lots of food for thought."--Science News

"A?n entertaining and thought provoking historical, botanical and archaeological review of a vast swathe of the Old World. It is accessible for specialists and the general public alike, and should be read by policy makers as well, with a mind to thinking about agricultural diversity and sustainability.?"?

--Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes
"Fascinating reading."--Gothic Epicures
"Fruits from the sands is NOT a book you sit down and read in one sitting(!) But, it IS a book that you are likely to turn to again and again for that extra bit of insight into the story behind the food on your plate, which is the true test of great plants-and-people 'story-telling'."--Botany One