Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World Historyvolume 43


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University of California Press
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5.9 X 9.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Rachel Laudan is the prize-winning author of The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage and a coeditor of the Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science.


"During my forty year culinary career, there have been a select number of books that became touchstones, volumes that seemed to arrive just when inspiration was needed or direction was appropriate, books that somehow enhanced my sense of having found my calling. The newest addition to the list is a work of culinary history by Rachel Laudan."-- (10/17/2013)
"It seems like every time you hear someone mention processed food, it's accompanied with the words 'bad' or 'unhealthy, ' plus a shaking finger. Unless you're author Rachel Laudan."-- (10/21/2013)
"Magnificent . . . Some of Laudan's 'diffusion maps' of particular styles of cuisine are miniature masterpieces of cultural history."-- (12/20/2013)
"Epic in range. . . . Its solidity and substance make a change from the day-to-day scatter of information delivered and consumed in tweets and sound bites."-- (01/19/2014)
"A fascinating account of the rise and fall of cuisines. . . . Touching on all parts of the globe, Rachel explores human development through the vastly understated tool of food."-- (02/06/2014)
"A new standard for global culinary history."--Repast (06/01/2014)
"To her impressively thorough research Laudan brings a lifetime that has included practical experience on the farm, in the kitchen, and in the classroom. This means that her exposition is as lucid as it is authoritative. Her bibliography and notes bear witness to her deep learning, and her book, in its scope and originality, gives deserved prominence to a long-neglected theme in world history. It is a triumph, pointing the way to a wholly new kind of historiography that can hold its own with more familiar work on political, economic, social, and intellectual history."-- (07/29/2014)
"A remarkably detailed, generously illustrated and professionally written nonjudgmental history of the evolution of the world's cuisines . . . Laudan enlivens the pages with specifics of familiar and unfamiliar foods."-- (10/01/2015)
"Laudan has found not just a new way of telling some familiar stories but a whole new historiographical approach to what is now a copious literature, in a dynamic and exciting book written with the kind of crispness, concision, and eloquence that will make you squirm with delight. . . . A triumphant historical synthesis."-- (09/01/2015)
"Innovative narrative... Impressively detailed, extraordinarily well-written, deftly organized and presented. Cuisine and Empure: Cooking in World History is a seminal work of outstanding scholarship, remarkably informed and informative."-- (09/01/2015)