Well, it’s hard for me to rate and review this book. And, I did read it when I was having a hard time reading and was probably more in the mood for aWell, it’s hard for me to rate and review this book. And, I did read it when I was having a hard time reading and was probably more in the mood for a good novel. But I love this subject matter. I’ve read other history of foodstuffs books and I am fascinated.
This book felt confusing because on the one hand it seemed to try to be comprehensive, a complete history up to a possible future, yet so much was left out. The information that was provided was for the most part fascinating (and I did learn a lot, though I argued at times too) but I found the writing style rather dry at times.
So many different kinds of information were given that, even though it seemed to be well designed, it also seemed too all over the place. Reading section by section did help make the experience more enjoyable for me.
I liked the (trade routes) map and the pictures, though I wish there had been more of them (or none) and at times I wondered why one photo and not another.
The whole idea (from the beginning of the book) of humans going from hunter-gatherers to farmers/using agriculture being a negative, I didn’t buy, all the way to (the end of the book) about the seed banks, about which I already knew, and which I find wonderful and important.
This book does show how food has been so important for so many reasons and how it’s influenced religions, cultural life, economics, population growth, warfare, revolutions, exploration, nature, industrialization, and quality of life, etc. etc. etc. Except for the discussion of the seed banks, I found the historical information much more interesting than the more current material.
My favorite tidbit from this book was learning the definition of spices, such as pertaining to Alexandria, Egypt in fifth century A.D.: They were “expensive imported goods.” So, tigers were on the list of spices, yet black pepper was not. Who knew?! Not me. I love learning this kind of stuff.
This book reminded me of many other similar books and of other subjects I’ve studied. Even more than the other history of food books it reminded me of the reading I did for a history of medicine class in college.
Fascinating but I wish it had either included more/been a much longer book or had narrowed down the topic and explored it in more depth.
Down down down is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, educational educational educational, and absorbing absorbing absorbing.
This is an excellent science bookDown down down is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, educational educational educational, and absorbing absorbing absorbing.
This is an excellent science book for seven to eleven year olds, and the beautiful pictures and much of the information can also be appreciated by much younger children too.
This isn’t the first time I’ve read that the ocean depths is the least explored place on earth, even less so than on the moon’s surface, but it does a great job with its pictures and text of making that clear.
This is one of those books that make science fun, even for those who think they’re disinterested in this topic.
Some of the photos and information may be too scary for younger fearful children, but I think that most kids will love this book. ...more