New book by Tom Standage: An Edible History of Humanity
According to the author’s blog the book offers to look at:
…history in another way entirely: as a series of transformations caused, enabled or influenced by food. Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance. It has acted as a catalyst of social transformation, societal organisation, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion. From prehistory to the present, the stories of these transformations form a narrative that encompasses the whole of human history.
Looks more than worth a read, and, not surprising in our increasingly food-aware society, has been the subject of several creative reviews!