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Dangerous tastes : the story of spices

Author: Andrew Dalby
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2000.
Series: California studies in food and culture, 1.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Spices and aromatics are woven into human history. Since antiquity they have taken pride of place in the markets of the world for their irresistible contribution to food, drink, health, perfume, sex, religion, magic and ritual. Hunger for spices lies behind some of the great explorations and has led to wealth, conquest and even genocide." "Dangerous Tastes offers a fresh perspective on these exotic substances and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Dalby
ISBN: 0520227891 9780520227897 9780520236745 0520236742
OCLC Number: 44979585
Description: 184 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Contents: The phoenix's nest --
Silphium --
Exports from paradies --
Ginger--sugar--
Sandalwood --
Balsam of Mecca --
Cinnamon --
Tejpat --
Musk --
The Spice Islands --
Cloves --
Nutmeg and mace--
Cubebs --
Camphor --
Gum benzoin --
the aromatic shore --
Ambergris --
Aloeswood --
the cinnamon mountains --
Chinese pepper --
Galange --
Rhubarb and licorice --
Ginseng and star anise --
The land of pepper --
Putchuk or costus --
Skienard--
Long pepper --
Black pepper --
Turmeric --
Red sanders --
Zedoary and zerumbet --
Amomum and cardamom --
The rarest of spices --
Gum guggul --
Asafoetida or hing --
Frankincense --
Myrrh --
Cargoes of complacenence --
coriander or cilantro --
Cumin, carawya, anise, ajowan and nigella --
Mustard --
Puppy --
mastic --
Storax --
Saffron --
"I have found cinnamon!" --
Uchu, rocoto and ulupica --
Pink peppercorns --
Coca --
Chocolate --
Vanilla --
Chilli --
Tabasco pepper and scotch bonnet --
Canella --
Balsam of Peru --
In Quest of spicery.
Series Title: California studies in food and culture, 1.
Responsibility: Andrew Dalby.
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"Spices and aromatics are woven into human history. Since antiquity they have taken pride of place in the markets of the world for their irresistible contribution to food, drink, health, perfume, sex, religion, magic and ritual. Hunger for spices lies behind some of the great explorations and has led to wealth, conquest and even genocide." "Dangerous Tastes offers a fresh perspective on these exotic substances and the roles they have played over the centuries. The author shows how each region became part of a worldwide network of trade - with local consequences ranging from disaster to triumph."--Jacket.

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