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Pickled, Potted, and Canned: How the Art and Science of Food Preserving Changed the World

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  15 reviews
We may not give much thought to the boxes in our freezers or the cans on our shelves, but behind the story of food preservation is the history of civilization itself. The development of portable, preserved food enabled the great explorers to travel into the unknown and gradually map the planet, facilitated the conquest of new territories, and created routes for the expansi ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 3rd 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2000)
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This is a very well researched book on the history of food preserving. Too much detail for me though, I ended up skimming the 300 or so pages. I would have preferred a 30 page essay. Don't let my two stars put you off though, good for anyone who wants the in-depth history.
Currently reading- as you can guess from the title this book is about food preserving- specifically, the history of food preserving. If you want to know why we react to foods with built-in biases, Sue Shepherd gives you the wherefores and whats but lets you develop the whys.
Cylvia, this book is in the library. With a waiting list...

This was an intriguing book to read alongside Mark Bittman's "Food Matters" and Michael Pollan's "Omnivore's Dilemma". Sue Shepherd provides historical perspective o
This is a very cool book. The subtitle is "How the Art and Science of Food Preserving Changed the World" - to which I can only say "Thank Heavens!!" Pretty amazing that the human body can survive some of the assaults made upon it in the search for food. And the endeavor to preserve food for later consumption. The stories are fascinating. From "gallop curing" meat (Attila the Hun) to frozen vegetables at our fingertips (Clarence Birdseye) - it's been a long journey and we're not finished yet.

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I can't say enough good things about this book. Comprehensive and very thorough, yet very readable and accessible. Engaging, interesting, fascinating, informative. I could probably come up with more positive-adjectives, but suffice to say this book was just plain wonderful. It was a joy to read and I learned a lot. What more could I ask for?
Not quite as engaging as Kurlansky and occasionally both a bit scattershot & repetitive; but still an interesting look at the history of food preservation around the world, as well how history was influenced by the slowly improving technologies.
I was really excited to take this home and dig in. However, I just couldn't get into it, and ended up skimming over most of the book until something briefly caught my interest. Not sure what went wrong, it was very informational.
This book kicked off my current obsession with preserving foods -- I think it's such a fascinating part of all the food-related issues I'm interested in. Plus, where else can you read about Attila the Hun's "gallop-cured" meat -- preserved by the up-and-down motion of the rider, plus the salt from the horse's sweat. Yum.

I've been reading all I can about the alternative models of agriculture and food business that have arisen as if in opposition of our current dominant industrial system: all kind
Rachel Meyers
Interesting book for what it was (the history of preserving food). It was well researched and actually a pretty good non-fiction read. However, I was looking for a book with recipes on how to pickle, preserve and can... this is not the book if that's what you're looking for. So, it's my own fault and not the book's :)
This is a well-researched book on food preservation throughout history. I found certain sections (canning, freezing) more interesting than others (freeze drying meat), but overall an interesting book. Parts of the book were pretty dry.
Fascinating read- very thorough and full of interesting facts. Despite the somewhat stale (excuse the pun) topic, the writing is flavorfull and overall its a great book!
Shannon Dils
Where's the 'gave up' reading button?

Too much history, more written as bullet points then actual good storytelling.
not as boring as it sounds! Also, this is what happens when you read to many post-apocalypse books. Maybe focuses too much on the British Navy.
Didn't make it all the way through, but it was interesting! Just a whole lot of information...
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A fun book to read in the style of SALT. Not as good as salt, but nice reading.
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