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Cavemen, Monks, and Slow Food: A History of Eating Well

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During the Middle Ages, when sugar was rare and expensive, rotten teeth were a status symbol. Today, sugar is so cheap that food manufacturers use it for filler, and we rhapsodize about the fresh, local ingredients that medieval peasants grew in their kitchen gardens. Cavemen, Monks, and Slow Food: A History of Eating Well tells the fascinating story of our relationship wi ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Quirky Gourmet Productions (first published December 31st 2010)
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This book has a lot of history about the Food Industry and is really such an easy read everyone should check it out!

I found the first half less interesting, which covered the Pre-Neolithic to the Middle Ages, but I have also studied this period so it may have just seemed repetitive. If you have already a really well rounded knowledge of the history of Food, it may not be for you. Once Gartenstein gets into the Industrial Revolution things really become interesting, I learned about the origins of
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads. Aside from presenting a history of human eating habits, Gartenstein opens the reader's eyes to the substandard conditions that surround all aspects of what we eat today and compares it to the simple, organic foods our ancestors enjoyed. She also provides knowledge and information the reader may find useful in altering their own diet to benefit themselves, the people working hard to produce their food, and the environment. While it doesn't seem to ...more
This was an amazing book. Recently I got into cooking and over the summer I experimented. Htis book was amazing in that it told me things about the food I use everyday, their origins and other little tidbits that I did not know before. Like the whole thing with balck teeth and how it was a status symbol back then, the blacker your teeth were, the richer you were. It was easy to read, clear bold print and the little stories told in a narrative style was enjoyable to read. Written by a woman who k ...more
Beth Jusino
There are plenty of books out there that tell us what to eat, but this is a rare find that explores WHY we like what we do. From the earliest hunter/gatherers to the (surprisingly less healthy) farmers, to the gluttony of the early American expansion, Gartenstein looks at quantity and quality, and points the way for us to understand the context of our own relationships with food.
I really enjoyed this til about two-thirds through and then it became a bit too preachy and scientific. I understand the issues, but practical considerations (modern lifestyles) and sheer numbers of human mouths to feed need to be catered for as well!
I won this book through Goodreads. It was okay, but it covered too much history to talk about anything in depth.
A great read - very entertaining!
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Devra Gartenstein is the author of "Cavemen, Monks and Slow Food: A History of Eating Well", as well as two cookbooks: "The Accidental Vegan" and "Local Bounty". She lives in Seattle, where she owns and operates Patty Pan Grill, a popular farmers' market concession.
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