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
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
A very good argument can be made that the world as we know today is the way it is because of spices.
In the early days, no one in the spice supply chain knew the big picture. Spices grew in select locations ...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
I have read this book for quite some time. All in all it is an interesting book. The beginning was really exciting ...more
A fascinating if slightly wordy history of the use of spices from the ancient world to the eighteenth century. The book is broken up really nicely - it starts out with a discussion of the European expeditions to the east Indies and the establishment of the Dutch East India Company.
The remainder of the book is divided into three sections: Palate, Body, and Spirit. The first focuses on the use of spices in food, from the Roman Empire through Medieval Europe. The second examines the use ...more
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
Overall, though, this book felt like an essay that was stretched entirely too thin to be a book, and the coverage of the material uneven. If it had been a history of cinnamon or clove, perhaps, it would have covered the story from start to finish. Alas, it mentions several spices I've ...more