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Fruit from the sands : the Silk Road origins of the foods we eat

Author: Robert N Spengler
Publisher: Oakland, California University of California Press [2019] © 2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. Many foods we consume today...from almonds and apples to tea and rice...have histories can be traced along the tracks of the Silk Road out of prehistoric Central Asia to European kitchens and American tables. Organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century B.C., but the exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
Spengler, Robert N., III, author.
Fruit from the sands.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert N Spengler
ISBN: 9780520303638 0520303636
OCLC Number: 1111858501
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description: XII, 374 Seiten : Illustrationen, Karten
Contents: A Word on Semantics A Note on Dates Map of Central Asia part i. how the silk road influenced the food you eat 1. Introduction 2. Plants on the Silk Road 3. The Silk and Spice Routes part i i. artifacts of the silk road in your kitchen 4. The Millets 5. Rice and Other Ancient Grains 6. Barley 7. The Wheats 8. Legumes 9. Grapes and Apples 10. Other Fruits and Nuts 11. Leafy Vegetables, Roots, and Stems 12. Spices, Oils, and Tea 13. ConclusionAppendix: European Travelers along the Silk Road Acknowledgments Notes References Index
Responsibility: Robert N. Spengler III.

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"The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. Many foods we consume today...from almonds and apples to tea and rice...have histories can be traced along the tracks of the Silk Road out of prehistoric Central Asia to European kitchens and American tables. Organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century B.C., but the exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient trading routes extends back five thousand years. Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. Vividly narrated, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed consumption all over the globe"...Provided by publisher.

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