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 th...more
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
I loved the first half of the book, which was focused on exploration and the spice trade. The second half seemed to drag on and on with tales and details that were less compelling to me. I often find this to be the case in this type of nonfiction, so there's a good chance that my attention span is to blame, not the author.
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
To a large extent, the book is focused on those periods for which source material is the greatest. This means that most of the content is focused on the various ancient and medieval applications of spices to culinary, medical and aphrodisiac purposes. This includes a large selection of Latin-language primary sources explaining the use of the Hip...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
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
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
Sadly, for me, it is a slog. I began reading it months ago. I pick it up, read it for...more
It took me ages to read this book, even skipping some sections on Christianity and spices and skimming the epilogue. Not that it wasn't interesting; it just takes me a long time to read some books, non-fiction especially, and this was one of them. Turner divided the book into four sections: "The Spice Race," "Palate," "Body," and "Spirit;" "Body" was my favorite, and "Spirit" my least favorite. The title of the book pretty much sums up what it is about, so if you're wanting to read...more