Now in paperback! Laudan’s absorbing, comprehensive, and enlightening survey of the development of the world’s major cuisines is astutely aware of the role of political and cultural expansion in the shaping of culinary ideals. Her perspective may challenge believers in particular forms of culinary exceptionalism, but her ability to detect recurring themes in the way nations have thought about their food in opposition to food of other lands, is very persuasive. To say nothing of the breadth of scholarship that ranges from the tombs of ancient Roman bakers to the expansion of Buddhist culinary ideas across Asia to the impact of Filipino food on Mexican traditions.
Line illustrations. Paperback.