Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice
The perfect companion to Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History, Pepper illuminates the rich history of pepper for a popular audience. Vivid and entertaining, it describes the part pepper played in b ...more
Despite the title most of the book is not so much about the history of Pepper but more about Europe colonialism and the spice trade. All interesting stuff but material I was pretty familiar with having done a lot of undergraduate/graduate work in East Asian and Latin American history.
Most of the sections weren't so much specific to pepper ...more
I got through page 185. The most common types of pepper come from the species Piper nigrum, a vine which is native to southern India and was spread to southeast Asia by Moslem merchants by about 1400. Sumatra was an important source during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Romans were partial to Indian long pepper, Piper longrum and betel nut, whose leaves are chewed, is also a member of the pepper genus (Piper betle.)
Obtaining pepper was one of the most important reasons for Europ...more
This is an interesting book about this culinary delight. The book journeys through the ages and the competition between the Dutch, English and Portuguese merchants. A nod towards the end of the book to 19th Century American pepper traders ties up the history nicely.
The most interesting part of th ...more
However, I have returned it to the library without finishing it as I felt it was getting repetitive.