Precious Cargo: How Foods From the Americas Changed The World

Precious Cargo: How Foods From the Americas Changed The World

Dave DeWitt

Language: English

Pages: 377

ISBN: B01FYKKNLQ

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Precious Cargo: How Foods From the Americas Changed The World

Dave DeWitt

Language: English

Pages: 377

ISBN: B01FYKKNLQ

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Precious Cargo tells the fascinating story of how western hemisphere foods conquered the globe and saved it from not only mass starvation, but culinary as well. Focusing heavily American foods - specifically the lowly crops that became commodities, plus one gobbling protein source, the turkey - Dewitt describes how these foreign and often suspect temptations were transported around the world, transforming cuisines and the very fabric of life on the planet.
Organized thematically by foodstuff, Precious Cargo delves into the botany, zoology and anthropology connected to new world foods, often uncovering those surprising individuals who were responsible for their spread and influence, including same traders, brutish conquerors, a Scottish millionaire obsessed with a single fruit and a British lord and colonial governor with a passion for peppers, to name a few.
Precious Cargo is a must read for foodies and historians alike.

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Scappi’s recipe for maize soup, 60 Tamarind Chicken in White Curry Sauce, 285 Tomato or love apple chutnee, 279 Totollin-chile stew, 30 Redi, Francesco (physician), 121 Reents-Budet, Dorie (Maya ceramics expert), 115 Reynière, Alexandre-Balthazar-Laurent Grimot de la (author), 174 ripieno alla milanese (turkey stuffed with sausage…), 77 Rossini, Gioachino (Italian composer), 74 roulades, 78 rum, 96–105 intoxicating qualities of, 106 Jamaican rum, 105 origin of word, 103 rumbullion

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directly related to the size of the pod (generally speaking, the larger the pod, the larger the seed), perhaps it was possible to guess the size of the pod by comparing that ancient seed to seeds I had stored in my greenhouse. Paleoethnobotanists, the scientists who study the plants used by ancient civilizations, have theorized that chiles were first used as “tolerated weeds.” They were not cultivated but rather collected in the wild when the fruits were ripe. The wild forms had small, erect

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rise to a very interesting theory. Linda Brown, who wrote the 1996 Field Season Preliminary Report entitled “Household and Village Animal Use,” noted, “Cerén residents may have practiced some form of deer management. One of the deer procurement strategies the Cerén villagers may have utilized is ‘garden hunting.’ Garden hunting consists of allowing deer to browse in cultivated fields and household gardens where they can be hunted. While some vegetation is lost to browsing, the benefits include

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