Spice: The History of a Temptation
It was in search of the fabled Spice Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circumnavigation of the globe. Vasco da Gama sailed the dangerous waters around Africa to India on a quest for Christians—and spices. Columbus sought gold and pepper but found the New World. By the...more
Just after finishing the book, came across an ex Peace Corps Volunteer's work in Afghanistan helping create a local successful business with all the necessary "spice" parts available locally to create a perfumed soap product that is well sought af...more
Critics agree that Turner knows his spices. In this first book, he proves himself a skillful researcher, as comfortable with medieval resources as he is with electronic ones. For many, Turner's wide knowledge and his flair for the anecdote
Unfortunately, although I'm sure the information is somewhere in there, it's so badly organized I'm not sure I could find it.
The timeline jumps around so dramatically that it's almost impossible to keep up. You start off in with Christopher Columbus, now you're in Rome, nope you're in the Middle Ages, nope now you're in ancient Egypt, nope now you're in...more
Aku hitam, diselimuti oleh keriput
Namun di dalam, sumsumku terbakar
Aku penikmat hidangan perjamuan para raja dan kemewahan di atas meja
Baik saus dan daging empuk di dapur
Namun kau tak akan temukan kualitas yang bernilai dalam diriku
Kecuali bila isi perutmu telah berderik oleh nyalang sumsumku
Yang betul.... LADA
Siapa yang mengiri limpahan rempah di tanah air membuat kita menjadi sasaran penjajahan.
Rempah memang barang mahal, konon para suami dengan...more
However because the title is "Spice: The History of a Temptation", I expected a microhistory. Like "Salt", "Cod", "Gunpowder", etc. I expected a book that's fast-paced, packed with information that flows easily, and is critically edited. But that'...more