Spices — A Global History
Reaktion Books, Ltd., London
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Spices — A Global History by Fred Czarra
Spices and their travels across the world created new legends as well as enhanced the many tales and misconceptions that had preceded them. Spices stimulated new knowledge about the world, a knowledge that resulted in great advances in mapmaking, science, seamanship, and basic cross-cultural awareness. They also created competition among nations, which improved the economic conditions of some countries and peoples but also cause great harm to others, and to the cultures they encountered.
Did you ever wonder…
- What is the hottest spice in the world? Where is it grown?
How hot is it? Can you eat it?
- Did people in Medieval Europe really keep their foods' fresh with spices
or is that just an “old-wives tale?”
- What American port city was a dominant force in the 19th century world
black pepper trade?
- Is the cinnamon you buy really cinnamon, or something else?
- All of the world's spices are grown in tropical Asia, except for three.
What are these three spices and where are they grown?
Spices — A Global History will answer these questions!