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In December we tried Edible Books, but now we’re loving ”The Edible Series” from publisher Reaktion Books. These small but surprisingly academic titles dive deep on the global history of a single food item.  And don’t forget the delicious volume on cakes.


Caviar: A Global History
by Nichola Fletcher

Why caviar? — Sturgeon : the Jurassic fish — Ikra : the soul of Russia — Châv-jâr : Iran’s story — Caviales comes to Europe — An American caviar rush — Crisis in the Caspian — How to make a sturgeon — Roe on Roe : alternative eggs — Caveat emptor : how to buy it — How to enjoy caviar



Pork: A Global History
by Katharine M. Rogers

The ideal meat producer — Prejudices against the pig — Pork in Europe — Pork in the New World — Pork in the Far East — Today’s mass-produced pork



Lemon: A Global History
by Toby Sonneman

A fragrance of lemons — Origins and obsessions — Sicily: Arab MediterraneaI tYou n — Exotic treasure — The lemon cure — Lemonade — To and from the Golden State — At home and in the world



Dates: A Global History
by Nawal Nasrallah

Looking after the date — Date varieties — The 360 uses of the date palm — The eminent history of the date — Looking for the date: a bird’s-eye view — The future of the date



Lobster: A Global History 
by Elisabeth Townsend

Introduction: what is a lobster? — From fertilizer to the dinner table — From main course to mass market — Lobster takes centre stage — Lobster controversies — Killing and cooking (humanely) — The futre of lobsters



Potato: A Global History
by Andrew F. Smith

The wild and domesticated potato — The potato diaspora — The European potato famine — The culinary potato — The commercial potato — The cultural potato — The global potato today and tomorrow



Bread: A Global History
by William Rubel

The early history of bread — Bread as a social marker — Parameters of taste — World of bread : an eccentric travelogue — Bread in the twenty-first century



Champagne: A Global History
by Becky Sue Epstein

The origins of champagne — The cult and culture of champagne — Champagne is established — Sparkling wine producers around the world — Wars, society and taste: stresses on champagne in the twentieth century — Style, styles and stylishness — Scandale! Expanding champagne around the world — Drinking today: what, where and how



Cake: A Global History
by Nicola Humble

When is a cake not a cake? — Cakes through history — Cakes around the world — The culture of baking cake — The rituals and symbolism of cake — Literary cakes — Postmodern cakes



Whiskey: A Global History
by Kevin R. Kosar

Origins: from seed to spirit — Early history — Whisky in Scotland — Whiskey in Ireland — Whiskey in the USA — The twenty-first century whiskey world — Recipes — Some widely available, recommended brands.



Cheese: A Global History
by Andrew Dalby

The cheeseboard — History — Making — Consuming




Spices: A Global History
by Fred Czarra

Spices in the ancient world — Spices in the medieval world — The age of exploration — The age of industrialization — The twentieth century and beyond




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