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Swindled : the dark history of food fraud, from poisoned candy to counterfeit coffee

Autor: Bee Wilson
Editorial: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2008.
Edición/Formato:   Libro impreso : Inglés (eng)Ver todas las ediciones y todos los formatos
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From the Publisher: Bad food has a history. Swindled tells it. Through a fascinating mixture of cultural and scientific history, food politics, and culinary detective work, Bee Wilson uncovers the many ways swindlers have cheapened, falsified, and even poisoned our food throughout history. In the hands of people and corporations who have prized profits above the health of consumers, food and drink have been tampered  Leer más
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Género/Forma: History
Tipo de documento Libro
Todos autores / colaboradores: Bee Wilson
ISBN: 9780691138206 0691138206
Número OCLC: 212908972
Notas: Previously published: London : John Murray, 2008.
Descripción: xiv, 384 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contenido: German ham and English pickles --
Jug of wine, a loaf of bread --
Government mustard --
Pink margarine and pure ketchup --
Mock goslings and pear-nanas --
Basmati rice and baby milk --
Epilogue: Adulteration in the twenty-first century.
Responsabilidad: Bee Wilson.

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From the Publisher: Bad food has a history. Swindled tells it. Through a fascinating mixture of cultural and scientific history, food politics, and culinary detective work, Bee Wilson uncovers the many ways swindlers have cheapened, falsified, and even poisoned our food throughout history. In the hands of people and corporations who have prized profits above the health of consumers, food and drink have been tampered with in often horrifying ways-padded, diluted, contaminated, substituted, mislabeled, misnamed, or otherwise faked. Swindled gives a panoramic view of this history, from the leaded wine of the ancient Romans to today's food frauds-such as fake organics and the scandal of Chinese babies being fed bogus milk powder. Wilson pays special attention to nineteenth-and twentieth-century America and England and their roles in developing both industrial-scale food adulteration and the scientific ability to combat it. As Swindled reveals, modern science has both helped and hindered food fraudsters-increasing the sophistication of scams but also the means to detect them. The big breakthrough came in Victorian England when a scientist first put food under the microscope and found that much of what was sold as genuine coffee was anything but-and that you couldn't buy pure mustard in all of London. Arguing that industrialization, laissez-faire politics, and globalization have all hurt the quality of food, but also that food swindlers have always been helped by consumer ignorance, Swindled ultimately calls for both governments and individuals to be more vigilant. In fact, Wilson suggests, one of our best protections is simply to reeducate ourselves about the joys of food and cooking.

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Review of Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee by Bee Wilson in 2008 published by Princeton University Press (Princeton & Oxford).

Reviewer: Dr W. P. Palmer

I very much enjoyed this book, which I purchased to see what it added...
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