Culinary & Libationary History

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By The Well-Rounded Homebody

Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States

John Soluri


A lively, interdisciplinary history of why the banana became America's most popular fresh fruit and how its popularity has affected the “banana republics” of Central America.

The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut

James McWilliams


This lively history by the acclaimed author of Just Food and A Revolution in Eating follows the pecan from primordial Southern groves to the contemporary Chinese marketplace to reveal how a nut with a very limited natural range has become a global commodity and endangered heirloom.

Vintage Moquegua: History, Wine, and Archaeology on a Colonial Peruvian Periphery

Prudence M. Rice


This fascinating, deeply human narrative of colonialism and capitalism captures the history of a New World winery in the desert mountains of southern Peru.

Egypt's Beer: Stella, Identity, and the Modern State

Omar D. Foda


The lively story of an iconic beer brand, whose tumultuous business history illuminates the cultural transformations of Egypt over the last century.