"The story of food is cultural as well as culinary. The history of how we produce, process, prepare and eat it encompasses ecology as well as gastronomy. In this book, the history is global. It ranges over half a million years, but Felipe Fernandez-Armesto always makes it contemporary, tracing it back from current food trends and food chains, tastes and anxieties."--BOOK JACKET.
I found this quite informative, and the author makes a compelling case for each of his stages. It was quite surprising to read about what our ancestors ate – from the hominids to Roman reveler and sailors. The food, the dishes and the tastes are fairly well described but the author could have been clearer in his writing, and who the hell knows what 'calid' means and why is it used so often in this book?
Read Aug 2006
With just 224 pages of text, you would think this would go quickly. But oh the writing. Though this book is very generalized (obviously, 224 pages for a history of food?), the writing style is still very dry and academic. It absolutely does not flow well--each paragraph tends to be an example, so each paragraph means trying to figure out how it relates to the section and chapter topics.
But, I'm done. It was interesting, but I don't think I'll be reading anything else by this author.