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The Story of Corn

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The Story of Corn is a unique compendium, drawing upon history and mythology, science and art, anecdote and image, personal narrative and epic to tell the extraordinary story of the grain that built the New World. Corn transformed the way the entire world eats, providing a hardy, inexpensive alternative to rice or wheat and cheap fodder for livestock and finding its way in ...more
Paperback, 356 pages
Published December 15th 2004 by University of New Mexico Press (first published 1992)
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Rebecca McNutt

Corn has been a huge part of the modern world for centuries, but it wasn't until the Green Revolution that it really took off as the main ingredient in cheap food substitutes. Corn syrup, corn starch, corn everything. This book focuses on the science, history and even art of corn, and you'll never look at corn the same way again after you've read it. :)
Mar 24, 2011 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: history, nonfiction, food
Not a bad history of corn. A bit dry and overly personal for my tastes. Recommended only for people really interested in the history of corn.
Jun 16, 2010 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, as far as content goes, really this should get 4-5 stars, however the writing was so difficult to get through. First the good. Fussell obviously did a wonderful job with her research; the book contains everything and anything you could possibly want/need to know about corn. Additionally, it is organized pretty well bouncing back and forth between ancient and modern humans' uses of corn, showing that the two seemingly opposite cultures treat corn in similar manners, just in different words/sy ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Mckinley rated it it was ok
"Wherever corn went, civilization followed." Lots of research.
I found the writing style not so conducive to recreational reading. (Although it's not scientific or academic, it's an odd mix of personal information while lacking a personal touch.)
Dec 04, 2011 Shannon rated it did not like it
I've tried to finish, but I can't. Betty, Betty, Betty... savages? Really? I'll try again someday, in an effort to be fair.
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Interesting read - especially, for me, the history of corn in the world.
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Betty Harper Fussell is an award-winning American writer and is the author of eleven books, ranging from biography to cookbooks, food history and memoir. Over the last 50 years, her essays on food, travel and the arts have appeared in scholarly journals, popular magazines and newspapers as varied as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Saveur, Vogue, Food & Wine, Metropol ...more
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