Should we follow a keto diet? Is sugar the next tobacco? Does fermented cabbage juice cure disease? Are lectins toxic? Is drinking poppy seed tea risky? What’s with probiotics? Should our nuts be activated? What is cockroach milk? Dr Schwarcz and his book A Grain of Salt offer answers to confusing questions.
Food is the most powerful medium available to us for thinking in a connected way about the numerous dilemmas we face today. For countless millennia, food has shaped our bodies, lives, societies and world. Its effects are so widespread and profound that most of us can’t even see them; yet it is as familiar to us as our own face. Sitopia starts with a plate of food and travels out to the universe. Its structure thus consists of a series of overlapping scales, in which food is always central. Food animates our bodies, homes and societies, city and country, nature and time – seven scales that form the chapters in the book
“In his book, Big farms make big ﬂu: dispatches on inﬂuenza, agribusiness, and the nature of science, evolutionary ecologist Rob Wallace calls on virology, phylogeography, political ecology, mathematical modelling, and economics to tackle those questions by taking us on a rich and fascinating journey through the multiple layers of causality in the emergence of disease.
Nutritional losses did not begin 50 or 100 years ago, she has learned, but thousands of years earlier when we first abandoned our native diet of wild plants and game and began to domesticate animals and grow food in the first primitive gardens. Unwittingly, the choices we made about how to feed our livestock and what to plant in our gardens reduced the amount of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants in the human diet, which compromised our ability to fight disease and enjoy optimum health.
There is a near-consensus among health authorities that whole, unrefined foods represent a fundamental truth in support of individual health and well-being. The whole foods movement is a common sense approach that is…
Apicius – Cookery and Dining In Imperial Rome. The present first translation into English of the ancient cookery book dating back to Imperial Roman times known as the Apicius book is herewith presented to antiquarians, friends of the Antique as well as to gastronomers, friends of good cheer.
Lost Feast : Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food. When we humans love foods, we love them a lot. In fact, we have often eaten them into extinction, whether it is the megafauna of the Paleolithic world or the passenger pigeon of the last century. In Lost Feast, food expert Lenore Newman sets out to look at the history of the foods we have loved to death and what that means for the culinary paths we choose for the future.
The Medieval Kitchen : Recipes from France and Italy. The Medieval Kitchen is a delightful work in which historians Odile Redon, Françoise Sabban, and Silvano Serventi rescue from dark obscurity the glorious cuisine of the Middle Ages. Medieval gastronomy turns out to have been superb—a wonderful mélange of flavor, aroma, and color. Expertly reconstructed from fourteenth- and fifteenth-century sources and carefully adapted to suit the modern kitchen, these recipes present a veritable feast.
Le Miel L’art des abeilles, l’or de la ruche. Symbole de douceur, de prospérité et d’abondance, le miel est le fruit du travail titanesque accompli par les abeilles. Découvrez l’histoire de ces travailleuses infatigables, leur morphologie, leur cycle de vie, de même que l’organisation de la colonie et son mystérieux langage. Laissez-vous surprendre par la diversité des plantes et des fleurs donnant aux miels qui en sont issus des couleurs et des saveurs si riches et si distinctes
The Language of Baklava : A Memoir. From the acclaimed author of Crescent, called “radiant, wise, and passionate” by the Chicago Tribune, here is a vibrant, humorous memoir of growing up with a gregarious Jordanian father who loved to cook.
Extra Virginity : The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. For millennia, fresh olive oil has been one of life’s necessities-not just as food but also as medicine, a beauty aid, and a vital element of religious ritual. Today’s researchers are continuing to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra virgin olive oil. But what if this symbol of health and purity has become deeply corrupt?
Ever wondered about… Medieval Cookery? Here’s a list of medieval food books to guide your way. Curated by MedievalCookery.com
A Brief History of Medicine : From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy. Paul Strathern steers us skillfully through the maze of discoveries, diseases, and wrong turns that have made medicine what it is today–super efficient, high tech, and increasingly costly. “A Brief History of Medicine” offers an accessible history of the arguments, missteps, and dumb luck that led to the world’s most important medical breakthroughs–from anatomy, grave robbing, the plague, and germ theory to vaccination, quackery, microorganisms, and penicillin.
The Classical Cookbook. The daily life of classical Greece and Rome, although separated from us by 2000 years, can be recreated in almost photographic detail. The Classical Cookbook is the first book of its kind, exploring the daily culture of the Mediterranean through the center of its social life–food and drink.
Tastes of Byzantium. For centuries, the food and culinary delights of the Byzantine empire – centred on Constantinople – have captivated the west, although it appeared that very little information had been passed down to us. Andrew Dalby’s “Tastes of Byzantium” now reveals in astonishing detail, for the first time, what was eaten in the court of the Eastern Roman Empire – and how it was cooked.
Let them eat dirt. In the 150 years since we discovered that microbes cause infectious diseases, we’ve battled to keep them at bay. But a recent explosion of scientific knowledge has led to undeniable evidence that early exposure to these organisms is beneficial to our children’s well-being. It turns out that our current emphasis on hyper-cleanliness and poor diets are taking a toll on our children’s lifelong health
100 million years of food. I wrote this book to examine the human diet in its vast entirety, including the viewpoints of biology, culture, medicine, and history. The book is currently a finalist for the 2016 Lane Anderson Award for Canadian science writing and the 2017 Taste Canada award for culinary narrative. I was a finalist for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Award.
Gut : The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ. A cheeky up-close and personal guide to the secrets and science of our digestive system. For too long, the gut has been the body’s most ignored and least appreciated organ, but it turns out that it’s responsible for more than just dirty work: our gut is at the core of who we are.
Food is Culture. Elegantly written by a distinguished culinary historian, Food Is Culture explores the innovative premise that everything having to do with food—its capture, cultivation, preparation, and consumption—represents a cultural act. Even the “choices” made by primitive hunters and gatherers were determined by a culture of economics (availability) and medicine (digestibility and nutrition) that led to the development of specific social structures and traditions.
Deep Nutrition : Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food. Deep Nutrition illustrates how our ancestors used nourishment to sculpt their anatomy, engineering bodies of extraordinary health and beauty. The length of our limbs, the shape of our eyes, and the proper function of our organs are all gifts of our ancestor’s collective culinary wisdom.
Death by Food Pyramid. Warning: Shock and outrage will grip you as you dive into this one-of-a-kind expose. Shoddy science, sketchy politics and shady special interests have shaped American Dietary recommendations and destroyed our nation s health over recent decades. The phrase Death by Food Pyramid isn’t shock-value sensationalism, but the tragic consequence of simply doing what we have been told to do by our own government and giant food profiteers in pursuit of health.
Fast Food Nation. In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s expose revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.
Food : A Culinary History. When did we first serve meals at regular hours? Why did we begin using individual plates and utensils to eat? When did “cuisine” become a concept and how did we come to judge food by its method of preparation, manner of consumption, and gastronomic merit?
Food : The History of Taste. This richly illustrated book is the first to apply the discoveries of the new generation of food historians to the pleasures of dining and the culinary accomplishments of diverse civilizations, past and present.
Editor Paul Freedman has gathered essays by French, German, Belgian, American, and British historians to present a comprehensive, chronological history of taste from prehistory to the present day.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals.
In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating.
In Defence of Food : An Eater’s Manifesto. Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?
Because most of what we’re consuming today is not food, and how we’re consuming it — in the car, in front of the TV, and increasingly alone — is not really eating.
Food Politics. We all witness, in advertising and on supermarket shelves, the fierce competition for our food dollars. In this engrossing exposé, Marion Nestle goes behind the scenes to reveal how the competition really works and how it affects our health.
Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind.
Homo sapiens rules the world because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination, such as gods, states, money and human rights.
My Life In France. The bestselling story of Julia’s years in France–and the basis for Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams–in her own words.
Nathaniel’s Nutmeg. ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 1616, an English adventurer, Nathaniel Courthope, stepped ashore on a remote island in the East Indies on a most secret and dangerous mission. He had to persuade the head-hunting islanders of Run to grant a monopoly to England over their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice in Europe.
Stuffed And Starved: Markets, Power And The Hidden Battle For The World Food System. Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese—both symptoms of the corporate food monopoly. Raj Patel conducts a global investigation and what he uncovers is shocking—the real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa….