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Out of the East : spices and the medieval imagination

Author: Paul Freedman
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Paul Freedman surveys the history, geography, economics, and culinary tastes of the Middle Ages to uncover the surprisingly varied ways that spices were put to use--in elaborate medieval cuisine, in the treatment of disease, for the promotion of well-being, and to perfume important ceremonies of the Church. Spices became symbols of beauty, affluence, taste, and grace, Freedman shows, and their expense and fragrance
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Freedman
ISBN: 9780300111996 0300111991 9780300151350 0300151357
OCLC Number: 169873820
Description: x, 275 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: Spices and medieval cuisine --
Medicine : spices as drugs --
The odors of paradise --
Trade and prices --
Scarcity, abundance, and profit --
"That damned pepper" : spices and moral danger --
Searching for the realms of spices --
Finding the realms of spices : Portugal and Spain.
Responsibility: Paul Freedman.
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"A classic study of the spice trade as it affected taste and status in European culture."-Jane Kramer, New Yorker "Food culture [is] the engine of his 2008 book, "Out of the East: Spices and the Read more...

 
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