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A Movable Feast

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In the last twenty-five years alone, the range of fruits and vegetables, even grains, that is available at most local markets has changed dramatically. Over the last 10,000 years, that change is almost unimaginable. This groundbreaking new work, from the editor of the highly regarded Cambridge World History of Food, examines the exploding global palate. It begins with the ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2007)
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Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
A history of the animals, plants, and processes that make up our food, from the dawn of civilization into modernity. There's some interesting information in here, but it's hidden in what are basically lists. This book is exactly as exciting as an encyclopedia. Now, when I was younger I confess to voluntarily reading encyclopedias from cover to cover (though I never got past the first N volume), but that was for lack of other reading material. Once in a while, a spark of a thesis glimmered, but i ...more
Oct 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: foodies/world history buffs
Author is completely erratic, the material is completely unorganized and circles back on itself a lot, but completely fascinating about how food has moved and replanted itself all over the world thousands of times - hardly anything is "native" to a particular place, and he draws in fascinating connections between food stuffs and world politics - ie, spices, sugar, tea etc.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Interesting book, although a little too long.
It tends to drag itself in the middle of the book, repeating the same formula of facts, told in the same manner. Not very exiting for the reader.

The beginning and the end, on the other hand, are exiting and very good eye openers.
The way the author presents the facts for our species transition as hunter-gatherers into agriculture is well achieved. It makes one think about what we lost, more that what we gain, as we stop becoming nomads and start to dom
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
There is a great deal of interesting information in this book, but it suffers from being adapted from an encyclopedia. It feels like a string of facts, without a thesis to give them meaning.

More coming once I've finished.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
fascinating first half, messy and boring finish.
May 23, 2008 marked it as to-read
Shelves: food-books
A bit slow/boring... I didn't finish. It looked like it had lots of interesting information - but is for those into history more than people into food.
Sage Van
Jul 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
ugh... he loves GM and doesn't even begin to problematize global agribusiness
Ike Sharpless
Unnecessarily mean to ethical veg*anism and uncritically accepting of agricultural biotechnology, but otherwise a good overview of food globalization.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great non-fiction book. A history of food, from caveman to fast food.
Barry Lord
did not read...accidentally clicked in currently reading and could not remove without selecting finished
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