Reay Tannahill, food historian and historical novelist: born Glasgow 9 December ; married Michael Edwardes (died ; marriage. When Reay Tannahill began working on the book that became “Food in History,” she was entering virgin territory. No one before her had. Surveys the evolution of man’s diverse gastronomic habits, customs, and traditions against their cultural and historical background.

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We’ve found more evidence to both agree with A friend of mine gave me this as a reference guide. Aug 23, Javier rated it liked it Shelves: I read this book a few years ago softcover bookand it sits as a treasured book in my collection I’d like to have a hard cover of it one day. Changing the Face of the Earth. Read this for my food history class. With the scope of the book being so large, it has a somewhat fragmented nature, but generally stuck to a timeline structure.

Outside of historical quirks, I found the history to be well researched and citedengagingly written, and packed full of the weird kind of facts that I love collecting. No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 12, Nicole Means rated it really liked it. From a fellow bus rider: The author begins by looking at the origin of the human species ; im onto the treacherous Savannah by the retreating ice caps As the title indicates, this is an exposition on the role that food – its cultivation, enjoyment, transportation, and its politics – has played in history.

I try not to ascribe to historical relativism, but I suppose in this case, I should note that the original book was published in Mar 09, Jessy Faiz rated it really liked it.

Food in History

After reading this book I’m amazed mankind survived those early ears. Return to Book Page.


Concise history of food dating back to BCE to the s. I love that she spans the globe, too – from her native England and Europe to Australia and the Orient – from prehistory to present. Mar 24, Edit Ostrom rated it it was amazing Shelves: How can you write a book about food history and dismiss the entirety of Ethiopian, Moroccan, and Egyptian food, all know to be famously delicious and available even in America?

Open Preview See tanahill Problem? The life of pepper could be a short story.

Food in History by Reay Tannahill

After getting asymptotically slower as I neared the end I put this down for the moment and turned to Roger Osbourne’s Civilization: Paperbackpages. Yes, it’s a good book, but it gives way more than I ever wanted to know about the history of the human diet. The author’s interest seems to have evolved out rannahill diet rood of the 60’s that is hiztory less significant today: Banquet versus intimate dinner.

Dec 03, Justine rated it liked it Shelves: Here is a direct quote from his article: And let me be clear–I basically think all history books are that, even though I like history books. Initially I was a bit daunted by it, as I often struggle with books that are written by academics. This image of Africa stresses all the bad things about Africa, highlighting political corruption, famine, violence, and sickness as the defining characteristics of African life.

You will be able to casually drop historical anecdotes about food like you won’t believe.

So far so good Thus, far, I’ve gotten to easily annoyed at some of the sweeping generalizzations and assumptions the author has made about what was chosen as the first methods of food, and the apparent lack of scholarship in how she decided.


If you need a good book encompassing human history and food, this is probably a good tome to put on your list. For example, what did caveman eat?

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The author’s interest seems to have evolved out the diet mania of the 60’s tha This is historry great book for anyone who appreciates the madness of modern diet preachers. And one thing leads to another.

Tannahill’s historical approach is the sanest approach to understanding human eating I’ve read. An interesting read as long as you enjoy food AND history. Topics about food — particularly the familiy meal — that I had never considered having had a origin someplace.

No eBook available Amazon. This book chronicles the hiistory of food for the good majority of human civilization. From inside the book. Corn, tomatoes, peppers, beans, tropical fruit. I enjoy food histories and this was no exception.

Feb 12, Sean Brady rated it liked it. Not about food throughout history, but rather how food and the search for it actually gave us our history, not to mention our civilization. If you’re looking for a quick read to take you to another world, I’d recommend skipping Food in History. And I probably forgot half of what I read, it goes up hisyory the ‘s in its depth and scholarship.

Reynolds the author said something intriguing in a morbid train-crash kinda way. When I finish the book, I will update my review but I will leave this part for future readers to understand the context of my relationship to and perspective of this hstory.