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The Food Chronology: A Food Lover's Compendium of Events and Anecdotes, from Prehistory to the Present
by James Trager
The Food Chronology presents a highly informative and entertaining overview of the cultural development of food and food availability throughout human history - from the Australopithecine diet of roots, berries, nuts, termites, and bone marrow to the new Dunkin' Donuts dark-roast coffee. Like James Trager's previous Chronologies, it is packed with facts on people, products ...more
Paperback, 800 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Owl Books (NY)
(first published 1995)
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It was through this book I discovered Samuel Pepys, that debaucherous diarist of the 17th century who was often found with his hand in a new servant's cunny. One thing I love about the food chronology is how the history of foodways is gathered from such unlikely sources as diaries--I think it was Pepys' diary that was used as the source for marking when forks were likely to have been introduced in polite English society.