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101 Classic Cookbooks 501 Classic Recipes101 Classic Cookbooks 501 Classic Recipes
Edited by Marvin J. Taylor
Culled from the Fales Library at New York University, the 101 cookbooks represented in this book afford a romp through the authors, the everyday food, the seachanges, the dedsign of culinary life in the 20th century. Certainly not all the great cookbooks are here but 101 Classic Cookbook 501 Classic Recipes gives a representative picture of food and cookbooks in the last century. The authors include Fannie Farmer and Thomas Keller, James Beard and Rick Bayless, Alice B. Toklas and Julie Child.... Likewise the recipes represent a true melting pot of flavours from cod stuffed with oysters to Swiss steak. Photos of the covers and inside design illustrate how cookbooks evolved over the course of 100 years. Hardcover, 688 pp. $50.00.


It's Not You, It's BrieIt's Not You, It's Brie
Kirstin Jackson
Through snapshots of 48 American cheese, Kirstin Jackson tells the story of cheesemaking in the United States from its infancy to its maturity in the current era. There are a few recipes as well as a guide to the author's preferred cheese shops. No photos but a few drawings. Hardcover, 224 pp. $20.00.


The Life of CheeseThe Life of Cheese

Heather Paxson
Heather Paxson's beautifully written anthropological study of American artisinal cheesemaking tells the story of how craftwork has become a new source of cultural and economic value for producers as well as consumers. By exploring the life of cheese, Paxson helps us rethink the politics of food, land, and labor today. Softcover, 303 pp. $31.45.


Pure VanillaPure Vanilla
Shauna Sever
With a complete history of vanilla from orchid to extract, Pure Vanilla provides origins and tasting notes for all of today's varieties - plus 80 recipes and dozens of photographs. Also included are recipes for Homemade Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Sugar, and Vanilla-Infused Liquors. Hardcover, 159 pp. $24.95.


A Book for Cooks (101 Classic Cookbooks) A Book for Cooks (101 Classic Cookbooks)
Leslie Geddes-Brown
A great, accurate guide to 101 classic cookbooks (all of which we've had at the store at some point!). We agree with Leslie Geddes-Brown's thorough reviews. Hardcover, 223 pp. $50.00.


The Lost Arts of Hearth and HomeThe Lost Arts of Hearth and Home
Ken Albala
Intended for industrious cooks and crafters who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves, this book will teach you the history and how-to on projects for every facet of your home, all without the electric toys that take away from the experience of making things by hand. Hardcover, 265 pp. $24.00.


A Potted History of FruitA Potted History of Fruit

Mike Darton
Expose yourself to the history of magnificent fruits. From Apricot to Pomegranite, read about the lore of the fruit, its uses through the ages and the different regions and types of fruit. Each accompanied by a beautiful old engraving or illustration, this charming pocket book is both entertaining and informative. Hardcover, 128 pp. $18.95.


A Potted History of VegetablesA Potted History of Vegetables
Lorraine Harrison
Steeped in myth and rich in history, the vegetable has come a long way. Carry along this pocket sized companion and brush up on your vegetable knowledge with richly illustrated profiles on many varieties of peas, parsnips and peppers. Hardcover, 128 pp. $18.95.


American TunaAmerican Tuna
Andrew F. Smith
Author Andrew Smith traces the story of tuna, that most ubiquitous of American foods. Rising from a lowly fertilizer to the most popular of lunchtime sandwich fillings, tuna's popularity has nosedived as the environmental movement has shone a light on mercury poisoning, bycatch, and over harvesting. Hardcover, 242 pp. $34.95.

Vegetables A BiographyVegetables A Biography
Evelye Bloch-Dano
When vegetables and Madame Proust share a biographer, you know that vegetables have reached a certain level of cachet. The author mixes her personal history with vegetables, social history, and the evolution of human taste. Following this general history, Bloch-Dano ends with brief , specific histories of 10 vegetables from artichokes and cardoons to chile peppers. With its scholarly bent and polished writing, Vegetables: A Biography is a tiny perfect companion with which to curl up on a lazy afternoon. Hardcover, 112 pp. $20.00.


The Cookbook LibraryThe Cookbook Library

Anne Willian
As a fan of history, I find myself drawn to this book for many reasons including the rich information and wealth of engravings. As a cook, I am drawn to this book because of the variety of interesting recipes through the ages and the delicacy with which each dish was created. The Cookbook Library appeals to all. Hardcover, 328 pp. $50.00.


If Walls Could TalkIf Walls Could Talk
Lucy Worsley
The illustrations with their wry insights alone are worth the price of the book. Subtitled An Intimate History of the Home, If Walls Could Talk focuses on four rooms: the bedroom, the bathroom, the living room, and the kitchen. Chief curator of Historic Royal Palaces, author Lucy Worsley brings academic knowledge tempered by a delicious sense of humour to the task of explaining the significance of these rooms in early and contemporary times. Softcover, 351 pp. $18.00.


A History of English Food A History of English Food

Clarissa Dickson Wright
In this engrossing book Clarissa Dickson Wright (of The Two Fat Ladies), takes the reader on a culinary journey. Included are sections such as "The Medieval Larder", "Marzipan and New World Turkeys", and "Prawn Cocktail and Pizza". Entertaining and informative, this is a must read for culinary and history buffs alike. Hardcover, 500 pp. $59.95.


Book of Marmalade

C. Anne Wilson
First published more than two decades ago, Book of Marmalade was re-issued in the Prospect Books English Kitchen Series. It traces marmalade's origins from its quince paste past to its modern association with Seville oranges Twenty-four recipes give the cook an opportunity to experiment. Softcover, $23.95.


Baked ExplorationsBaked Explorations

Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito
Baked Explorations takes readers on a voyage through the history of American sweets and desserts. Using their signature style of re-interpretation, Lewis and Poliafito touch upon classic childhood confections and spin them into something new and exciting while still paying homage to memories of yore. Hardcover, 207 pp. $37.75.


In the Shadow of SlaveryIn the Shadow of Slavery

Judith Carney & Richard Nicholas Rosomoff
In the Shadow of Slavery examines how the African slave trade and the food produced by slaves for their own consumption in North America have had a profound influence on food today. Although African slaves tended crops for a European and North American market, the foods which they planted and cultivated for their own use; millet, okra, coffee, and watermelon, for example, became staples foods in their own right, and products like Coca-Cola, Worcestershire sauce, and Palmolive soap are reliant on the plants transported on slave ships for African communities. Hardcover, 280 pp. $29.95.


Taste and TemptationsTaste and Temptations: Food and Art in Renaissance Italy

John Varriano
Combining two formerly disparate fields of historical study; Renaissance art history, and Renaissance food histort, John Varriano examines the interplay between food and art in Renaissance Italy. Detailing the emergence of the celebrity cook, and food as art, as well as the use of food items as metaphorical signifiers in painting, and much more, this is an interesting read for fans of both Italian food and art as much as histort scholars. Hardcover, 259 pp. $31.95.


A History of Cooks and CookingA History of Cooks and Cooking

Michael Symons
Stratford Chef School's 2009-2010 Gastronmic Writer in Residence, and author of One Continuous Picnic, Dr. Michael Symons explores "humans as cooking animals." By relating the civilizing role of cooking throughout history, the book is a lesson in social development and the culture of sharing. Softcover, 388 pp. $36.95.


Chocolate: A Global HistoryChocolate: A Global History
Sarah Moss
Ask a group of people what their favourite food is, chances are a good portion of them would say chocolate. This history of the ingredient details the beginnings of chocolate and it's evolution, from a staple of the mayan diet, to a luxury item for the European aristocracy, to its many modern incarnations. There are some recipes and colour photos. Hardcover, 136 pp. $15.95.


Curry: A Global HistoryCurry: A Global History
Colleen Taylor Sen
A very comprehensive look at the origin and popularity of Indian cooking's most famous export: the curry. This book covers basics such as what defines curry and where it came from, as well as it's evolution in other cultures such as Britain, Canada, and Australia. There book also details varieties of curries from many parts of the globe; the Indian diaspora such as the Caribbean, Africa, South East Asia, Africa, Sri Lanka, and South East Asia. Some recipes and occasional colour photos. Hardcover, 144 pp. $15.95.


Cheese: A Global HistoryCheese: A Global History
Andrew Dalby
A historical account of cheese and cheese varieties, as part of a series of single subject boks. There is background to cheese eating and popularity, as well as cheese making and cooking with cheese. There are some cheese recipes as well as some colour pictures. Hardcover, 136 pp. $15.95.


Appetite CityAppetite City

William Grimes
Former New York Times restaurant critic William Grimes charts the culinary history of New York, from the chophouses and oyster bars which once dominated the restaurant scene, to the Bowery restaurants where a meal was a penny, and everything that has come since. The city that never sleeps is also the city that loves to eat, as this book demonstrates, and the story of food and restaurants in New York tells much more than a culinary history. Black and white photos, rare menus, and menu cards. Hardcover, 368 pp. $37.95.


Eating HistoryEating History

Andrew F. Smith
Food historian and academic Andrew F. Smith here examines the history of American food and the events which led to American cuisine being what it is today. From a nation bulit on the agricultural work of settlers who for the most part grew their own food, to a culture in many ways dependent on commercial food production and addicted to the food network, Smith charts the development of this varied cuisine and the ways in which it is economically, politically, and culturally significant. Hardcover, 376 pp. $37.50.


Catching Fire

Richard Wrangham
A fascinating anthropological study of the effect of cooking on human development and civilisation. Taking leave from Darwin's theory that humans survived thanks to adaptability, Wrangham posits that learning to apply a heat source, fire, to food was the catalyst for the survival of humankind and has even influenced us today in terms of marriage and the sexual division of labour. An interesting and provocative read. Hardcover, 309 pp. $33.95.


Fireflies, Honey, and Silk
Gilbert Waldbauer
From Gilbert Waldbauer, professor of Entomology at the University of Illinois, comes this highly interesting book concerning the impact which insects have had on human life and civilisation. From the aesthetic beauty of a butterfly, the beeswax in candles, the honey on our bread and the silk in our clothes, Waldbauer chronicles the cultural, economic and aesthetic influence of insects in a book which takes in mythology, history, literature, medicine, ecology and forensics. An interesting read with some lovely black and white illustrations. Hardcover, 234 pp. $28.95.


Squeezed Squeezed

Alissa Hamilton
As the subtitle alludes 'What you don't know about orange juice' if you do drink your oj out of a carton you will switch immediately to buying oranges in their original state. Cartels, additives, you name it the oj industry is rife with intrigue. An engaging history and current state of the orange juice industry. Hardcover, 247 pp, $36.95.

Fresh: A Perishable History Fresh: A Perishable History
Susanne Freidberg
By tracing the development of refrigeration, the author shows both the good and bad effects of the concept of freshness , using six common foods as a filter: beef, eggs, fruit, vegetables, milk, and fish. The result is a thought-provoking examination of how human desire and hunger for freshness affects not only the balance between the local and global economy, and of the survival not only species but the planet. Black and white photos. Hardcover, 408 pp. $35.95.


Guests or, How to Survive Hospitality: The Classic GuidebookGuests or, How to Survive Hospitality: The Classic Guidebook

Russell Lynes
As Nancy Mitford did in England after World War II, Russell Lynes, managing editor of Harper’s, made a sport of dividing American society into low, middle, and high brow. Originally published in 1951, Guests captures the eternal conflict between the anticipation of pleasure and the dread of hospitality gone awry suffered by hosts and guests alike. Line drawings. Softcover, 80 pp. $12.99.


SnobsSnobs

Russell Lynes
Subtitled The Classic Guidebook to Your Friends, Your Enemies, Your Colleagues, and Yourself, Snobs, published in 1950, just goes to show how little people change over time. Of course, technosnobs had yet to be invented. And, what would the writer have made of the politically correct? Author Russell Lynes (1910-1991) was an art historian, cultural critic, and managing editor of Harper’s. Line drawings. Softcover, 54 pp. $12.99.


Pie A Global History Janet ClarksonPie: A Global History

Janet Clarkson
Like the other books in this series (Pizza, Hamburger, Pancake), Pie blends scholarly research and humor for an entertaining and informative read about a food with universal appeal. Whether the “four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie,”, or Canada’s seal flipper pie, almost every culture has a pie tradition. Includes a brief selection of recipes. Colour and b & w illustrations. Hardcover, 136 pp. $22.00.


Hot DogHot Dog
: A Global History
Janet Clarkson
Bruce Kraig
Few images symbolize languid summer days in North America more quickly than a photograph of a hot dog calling up, as it does, baseball, mom, apple pies…Part of the Global History series(Hamburger, Pizza, Pancake, Pie), this work is both fun and informative. Vintage photos, both colour and black and white enhance the pleasure of this small book. Hardcover, 144 pp. $22.00.


The Apron Book The Apron Book
EllynAnne Geisel
Did your mother wear an apron? Odds are, that if she did, Geisel has written about the particular cut and style in this book. Learn everything you didnt realize you wanted to know about aprons from EllynAnne Geisel and find numerous patterns and methods for creating your very own. Book includes a vintage transfer pattern for a Basic Bib apron. Vintage apron collecting is fast becoming the latest thing to collect! Hardcover, 139 pp. $20.95.


The Kitchen Linens Book The Kitchen Linens Book
EllynAnne Geisel
A cache of household linens found in her mother-in-laws apartment moved EllynAnne Geisel to tell the story of the almost-lost world of monogrammed damask, Madeira and cutwork linens, of embroidered dresser scarves and tea towels and the women who used them. The book includes a vintage Butterick transfer pattern so you can make your own heirloom linens. Heavily illustrated. Hardcover, 145 pp. $24.50.


The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi
The Opera of Bartolomeo Scappi (1570)
The Art and Craft of a Master Cook

translated with commentary by Terence Scully
Chef to cardinals and popes, author of the weightiest cookery book of his time, Bartolomeo Scappi left behind a record of his work that gives readers, five centuries on, a view of the culinary world of the Italian Renaissance. Descriptions of dinners featuring up to 100 dishes, kitchen equipment needed for traveling, and food for the sick offer compelling snapshots of life in the late 1500s. Scully's, (professor emeritus at Wilfred Laurier Univeristy in Waterloo), commentary puts the work in context and links the past to the present. Reproductions of the engravings which accompanied Scappi's treatise, show his kitchen and the equipment required to produce those massive meals. Hardcover, 787 pp, $95.00.


Wild Food Wild Food
Ray Mears
Though not a cookbook this is inspiring for cooks as it traces our hunter/gatherer/foraging history almost as a lost art. Chapters on Foraging, Hunting, Fungi and how the past relates to present is engaging and very readable. Hardcover, 352 pp. $45.95.


Fort Chipewyan Traditional Cookery
Fort Chipewyan Historical Society
Founded in 1788, Fort Chipewyan, Alberta’s oldest community, occupies a special place in the province’s culinary heritage. That heritage, celebrated in this book, was reliant on game. Sweet & spicy bear, caribou stew, muskrat fry, and roasted porcupine are a few of the ways to indulge your wild side. The 26 “stepping stones” scattered through the book offer cooking hints, tips to live by, and facts about Fort Chipewyan. Coil bound, 92 pp. $12.95.


Chicken a la King & the Buffalo Wing Chicken a la King & the Buffalo Wing

Steven Gilbar
As much for the language lover as the food lover. Ever wonder how certain dishes come by their name, Welsh Rarebit, Madeleines, Peach Melba? Here's the book to answer all those questions. A great stocking stuffer. Hardcover, 216 pp. $18.99.


Swindled

Bee Wilson
Swindled tells the history of bad food. Bee Wilson uncovers the many ways swindlers have cheapened, falsified, and even poisoned our food throughout history.Wilson pays attention to ninteenth-and twentieth-century America and England and their role in developing both industrial-scale food adulteration and the scientific ability to combat it.Bee Wilson writes a weekly food column for London's Sunday Telegraph. Hardcover, 384 pp. $29.95.


Culinary LandmarksCanadianCulinary Landmarks

Elizabeth Driver
A labour of love, more than twelve years in the making, Elizabeth Driver’s bibliography of Canadian cookbooks published between 1825 and 1949 offers a glimpse into the early domestic life of our country. Thought additives came along in the second half of the 20th century? Consider Parke’s Preservine. It was added to tomatoes and other canned fruits to prevent spoilage without altering the taste or colour! Then as now, women’s organizations produced many cookbooks but some of those organizations eg. the Women’s Institute are now almost extinct. In an age when home canning was a necessity, vinegar companies and the cookbooks they offered flourished. The entries are organized by province and within the province, by year. There are also sections for non-province specific, American, and British books. Ever meticulous, Driver created indexes by place-of-publication, name, and short title. This is a book to dip into for years to come and an invaluable research tool for generations to come. Hardcover, 1257 pp., $185.00.


The Donut CanadianThe Donut
Steve Penfold
The Donut
began life as a PhD thesis in the history department at York University — and has the graphs and footnotes to prove it. However, more social history rather than business history, it demonstrates how the rise (so to speak) of the donut has mirrored transitions in modern Canadian life. Thought provoking, sometimes funny, often original, Steve Penfold reminds us that Tim’s is not the only donut in the country. Black & white photos. Softcover, 256 pp, $24.95.


Sugar: A Bittersweet HistorySugar: A Bittersweet History
Elizabeth Abbott
A facinating history of the very popular commodity that we consume vast quantities of in our favourite foods, but know very little about. Abbott, who also penned "The History of Celibacy" discusses how sugar changed the nature of our meals, fueled the Industrial Revolution and created a massive slavery trade. The history continues to the present day, with information on our consumption levels and the current state of the sugar trade. Softcover, 450 pp. $24.00.


Spice: Flavors of the Eastern MediterraneanThe Oxford Companion to Food
Second Edition
Alan Davidson, Tom Paine editor
The late Alan Davidson worked 20 years on the original magnum opus (1999). This updated second edition has over 72 new entries written by writers Harold McGee and Rachel Laudan. A serious book on food and food history. Hardcover, 907 pp. $75.00.


Vivo e:  The Fish Markets of Sicily Vivo e:  The Fish Markets of Sicily

Andrea Zanfi, photographs by Gio Martorana
There is text to peruse in this book including a glossary of the fish sold in Sicilian market stalls. However, it is really the stunning photographs that really tell the story of Sicily’s fish markets and the culture built up around them over the centuries. From the majolica fish that grace the cover to the almost transparent nunnata and the seemingly pre-historic spininess of sea urchins, this is a book breath-taking beauty. Hardcover, 267 pp, $105.95.


Rogues, Writers & WhoresRogues, Writers & Whores: Dining with the Rich & Infamous

Daniel Rogov
No, this is not about what Brittany Spears eats (or doesn't eat). We encounter Proust, Marquis de Sade, Esscoffier, Curnonsky, Zola, Sacher, Cardinal Richelieu to name but 69 of the worthy rogues. For example who knew Queen Elizabeth I loved sweets so much she had large pockets sewn into all of her dresses to store her beloved cookies, candies and petits fours! Hardcover, 333pp, $32.95.


Food: the History of TasteFood: the History of Taste

Edited by Paul Freedman
University of California Press doesn't publish many culinary books but when they do, what gems they are. Essays from food historians from around the world present a history of taste from earliest prehistory to the present day gastronomic landscape. Richly illustrated and beautifully designed this is must for everyone interested in the pleasure of taste. Hardcover, 368 pp. $45.95.


CitrusCitrus
Pierre Laszlo
There are academics. There are storytellers. Rarely the twain doth meet. However, meet they do in Pierre Laszlo, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Liege and the Ecole Polytechnique. As he did earlier with Salt: Grain of Life ($22.00, pbk), Laszlo weaves together the scientific, the historical, and the cultural to bring the story of a fruit family that has worked its way into virtually every cuisine around the world. Colour photos. Hardcover, 251 pp. $25.00.


Bitter ChocolateBitter Chocolate
Carol Off
An expose of the dark side of chocolate this is a must read for those unaware of the history and politics of chocolate and those dubious of paying extra for fair trade sweets. Off investigates the cocao trade from the original, exotic Aztec delicacy, through colonial exploitation and the slave trade, to today with cocao crops controlled by multinationals. The book also includes a critical look at the fair trade moniker and what it really means. Hardcover, 326 pp. $34.95.


One Continuous Picnic: A Gastronomic History of Australia
Michael Symons
This is a revised and expanded edition of Symons’s fascinating account of Australia’s history as revealed through food. Erudite yet engaging, Symon looks at the influence that various immigrant groups have had on cuisine, the development of such iconic items as Vegemite and Pavlova, and trend towards local eating and industry in Australia today. This edition features an expanded bibliography and index. B & W illustrations. Softcover, 366 pp. $45.00.


Arranging the MealArranging the Meal

Jean-Louis Flandrin
The order in which food is served has changed over the ages and from country to country. Traditionally social historians have considered this evolution a distinct phenomenon. Using old menus, comparisons between countries, and countries in various periods, Professor Flandrin argues that, like so many events in social history, it is a result of socio-economic factors. Copious footnotes, bibliography, and reproductions of vintage illustrations. Hardcover, 209 pp. $34.95.


ProhibitionProhibition
Edward Behr
An important and interesting look at the thirteen years of American prohibition, perhaps one of the country's greatest blunders. Behr's work, a companion piece to the A&E television special, examines the temperance movement and the outcomes of Prohibition, notably the rise in organized crime as bootlegging became essential to slake the thirst of speakeasy patrons. An especially sobering book in light of current policies designed to enforce moral behaviour, particularly the flagging war on drugs and the efforts to enact a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Black and white photographs. Softcover, 262 pp. $18.95.


Everybody Eats There    Everybody Eats There    
William Stadiem & Mara Gibbs
What better way to spend your holidays than reading a book that mixes social history, culinary history, and gossip? The authors take the reader into and behind the scene of the places celebrities have made a home away from home places like New York’s Elaine’s and Balthazar, London’s Ivy and San Lorenzo, Hong Kong’s The China Club. When you are done reading, start dialing, there is a list of addresses and phone numbers in the back. A few black and white photos of the scene not the food. Hardcover, 369 pp, $33.95.


Good Bread is Back	Good Bread is Back
Steven Laurence Kaplan
An academic who has been twice knighted by the French government for contributions to "the sustenance and nourishment" of French culture, Steven Laurence Kaplan has made the history of French bread and its renaissance his avocation. Rather than merely presenting facts, Kaplan is able to evoke the sensory properties which make French bread beloved way beyond the borders of France. Colour photos of historic boulangeries. Hardcover, 368 pp, $32.95.


The Zen of FishThe Zen of Fish
Trevor Corson
Sushi is everywhere these days, a food fad that has become permanent. Tasty, quick, and healthy, sushi is a global phenomenon. In this fascinating tale author Corson (who wrote The Secret Lives of Lobsters) relates the historical origins of sushi and its meteoric rise in popularity throughout the Western world. Corson also follows students on the path to becoming sushi masters and discusses the biology and natural history of the fish and seafood commonly found on a sushi platter. Hardcover, 372 pp. $29.95.


Cakes and AleCakes and Ale
Judy Spours
The Great Exhibition of 1851 and the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 book ended what could be termed Britain’s Golden Age of Gluttony. From street food to over-the-top banquets, from celebrity chefs to domestic goddesses, Judy Spours explores culinary indulgence set against a background of social strictures. Reproductions of magnificent period illustrations - many from advertisements - evoke the age. Hardcover, 176 pp. $35.00.

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The Hour of the GoddessThe Hour of the Goddess
Chitrita Bannerji
Part memoir, part anthropological study, opening this slim paperback invites the reader into a rich experience of Bengali food and culture. With personal rembrances, recipes, and social commentary Banerji examines the relationships between food, art, and ritual among women in Bengal. Among other topics, she covers religious restrictions and obligations and the various customs associated with eating. Black and white photographs. Softcover, 144 pp. $15.00.


Modern Japanese Cuisine
Katarzyna J. Cwiertka
For the true student of Japanese culture, this scholarly work traces the evolution of Japanese cuisine from its pre-modern regional diversity to a national cuisine which has captured the world’s tastebuds. Black & white photos. Hardcover, 240 pp. $49.95.


Culinary Cultures of EuropeCulinary Cultures of Europe

Edited by Darra Goldstein & Kathrin Merkle
A fascinating, if rather academic, read this large volume covers the culinary traits of every European country, including Scandinavia and the former USSR (including Russia). This is an anthropological treatise, not just on what these peoples eat but also what it means and the cultural significance given to food. There is an essay for each country, and a recipe or two. Very interesting for anyone interested in food or European history and culture. Colour photos. Softcover, 502 pp. $125.00.


The Alchemist's KitchenThe Alchemist's Kitchen

Guy Ogilvy
Alchemy is perhaps the last true magical art to survive the ravages of the modern world. Laboratory alchemist Oglivy initiates the reader into some of the key concepts and practices of this extraordinary field of study. 58 pp. $12.95.


Seeds of ChangeSeeds of Change
Henry Hobhouse
A dense but undoubtably interesting read on the role of certain plants in shaping modern history. Hobson traces the cultural impact of quinine, sugar, cotton, potatoes, and coca. These crops enabled colonialism, drove the slave trade, and caused wars. A unique book similar to Salt by Mark Kurlansky. See also Hobson's Seeds of Wealth. Softcover, 381 pp. $21.50.


Seeds of WealthSeeds of Wealth
Henry Hobhouse
A follow-up to Seeds of Change, in this volume Hobson explores the exploitation of crops and how farming and harvesting practices influence world history and culture in unexpected ways. The roles of timber, wine grapes, rubber, tobacco, and coffee are explored. Softcover, 313 pp. $20.50.


Just Heat It 'n' Eat ItJust Heat It 'n' Eat It
Adeena Sussman
For those of you who didn't live through that time, this gem really does need to be seen to be believed. A trip down memory lane for many this small book is full of food product ads from the 1940's to the 1960's. Luncheon meat, canned fruits and vegetables, and baking mixes predominate. Jello, Pillsbury, Campbells, all your favourite brands are here. The "ah-inspiring Spam 'n' Limas" is among the recipe suggestions. Softcover, $19.50.

 

Few Eggs and No OrangesFew Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries
Vere Hodgson 1940-1945
Persephone Press's elegant re-issue of Vere Hodgson’s wartime diary perfectly captures the daily fight of ordinary citizens trying to maintain their regular lives against a backdrop of bombs, rubble and food shortages. Softcover, 590 pp, $34.95.

Fashionable Food	Fashionable Food
Sylvia Lovegren
From the salads of the 20's (ginger ale, Caesar) to the fusion food of the '90's, Sylvia Lovegren explores seven decades of food fads in a book that is both scholarly and entertaining. Checkerboard sandwiches, beef stroganoff, lobster thermidor, raspberry chicken, baked Alaska, and kiwi, carambola and raspberry tart are just a sample of the memory (or nightmare) inducing recipes. Black & white illustrations. Softcover, 455 pp, $29.00.


The Land that Thyme Forgot	The Land that Thyme Forgot
William Black
Despite its reputation as the land that good food forgot, Britain does have a rich culinary history. A born storyteller, William Black, best known as a supplier of fish to the best UK restaurants, chronicles his search for some of the disappearing icons of British cooking -- Sussex pond pudding, singing hinnies, haggis, and farmhouse cheeses. Hardcover, 364 pp, $37.95.


Pleyn Delit	Pleyn Delit
Constance B. Hieatt, Brenda Hosington and Sharon Butler
The second edition of a book that opened the medieval kitchen to the modern world offers more recipes from more countries. While the first edition relied on 18th and 19th century interpretations of medieval recipes, the authors, through consulting original manuscripts, have corrected earlier errors. Throughout the book, the modern version follows the original recipe Softcover, 172 pp, $19.95.


Finding Betty Crocker Finding Betty Crocker

Susan Marks
Long-time fans of Betty will have all their questions answered in this kitschy study on 'the second most popular American woman' according to 1945's Fortune magazine. Historical detail traces the most successful branding campaign ever-not bad for a completely fictional woman. Black and white photos and illustrations. Hardcover, 275 pp, $33.50.


Sweetness & Light - The Mysterious History of the Honey Bee
Hattie Ellis
Bees are fascinating creatures, as evidenced by this beautifully written book. Not only do they provide us with honey, propolis, and even venom-for which there are myriad uses - but also with inspiration in art, architecture, science, and sociology. Here's to apiculture and beyond. Softcover, 290 pp, $16.95.


ChocolateChocolate
Mort Rosenblum
The author of A Goose in Toulouse (o/p) wraps a short history of chocolate around a journey along the “chocolate trail” in this celebration of almost everyone’s favourite indulgence. Hardcover, 290 pp, $19.00.



Romance of the Mango Romance of the Mango
Kusum Budhwar
An exhaustive study of the “king of fruits”, this book explores its history, lore, medicinal uses, botany and importance to the Indian subcontinent. The final section is devoted to the mango as food with recipes covering every course. Colour photos and line drawings. Softcover, 290 pp, $25.00.

Art of CookingArt of Cooking: The First Modern Cookery Book
Luigi Ballerini, editor
The 15th century manuscripts of Maestro Martino of Como, on which this book was based, were the first culinary works to give exact ingredients, measurements and equipment. More than just a glimpse into the Renaissance kitchen, Martino illuminates the Byzantine machinations of secular and religious politics of the time. The editor adapted 50 recipes for the modern kitchen. Hardcover, 208 pp, $32.95.


Phylloxera	Phylloxera

Christy Campbell
Campbell has written a highly readable account of the French wine industry's great 19th century ecological disaster and its far-reaching consequences. Black & white photos. Softcover, 314 pp, $19.95.




Charlemagne’s TableclothCharlemagne’s Tablecloth
Nichola Fletcher
From King Midas to John Ruskin, feasts have come in many guises and with many purposes and consequences. Mixing footnotes and bibliography with arcane and amusing facts, Fletcher hits just the right balance between scholarly and popular history. Colour and B& W illustration. Hardcover, 256 pp, $39.95.

Vanilla
Patricia Rain
Vanilla is the culinary world s brunette to chocolate's blond. Chocolate may be the noisy star but vanilla, in its quiet way, is the world s preferred flavour. Not just a pretty taste, it fuels the economies of Tahiti, Mexico and Madagascar, has worked its way into the world of medicine, psychology, and perfume. Hardcover, 224 pp, $34.00.


Chewing GumChewing Gum
Michael Redclift
Chewing gum with footnotes. A social historian and ecology scholar traces how one of the world’s most useless products gave rise to a revolution by Mayans in the Yucatan jungle. B & w photos. Hardcover, 197 pp, $36.00.

Something from the Oven Something from the Oven
Laura Shapiro
Shapiro, who chronicled the rise of home economics in Perfection Salad ($21.00), in this book focuses on the instant vs. made-from-scratch wars of the 1950's when oceans of Jell-O and mountains of cake mix engulfed North American kitchens. While the usual suspects -- Beard, Child and Fisher -- are a part of this story, it is the portrait of Poppy Cannon, the physical embodiment of the fictional Betty Crocker that fascinates. Hardcover, 306 pp, $37.50.


The Duchess Who Wouldn’t Sit Down
Jesse Browner
From Titus Petronius Niger to Lady Ottoline Morrell, the history of hospitality is full of magnanimous hosts and ungrateful guests, of inept hosts and perfectly charming guests. A robust bibliography but no footnotes or index. Hardcover, 196 pp, $35.95.


A Thousand Years Over A Hot StoveA Thousand Years Over A Hot Stove
Laura Schenone
A loving tribute to generations of American women who have lived so much through and with food. Schenone celebrates women's lives, homes and communities with recipes and intriguing black-and-white photos. Softcover, 412 pp., $20.99.

The Wilder Shores of GastronomyThe Wilder Shores of Gastronomy
Edited By Alan Davidson
The journal Petits Propos Culinaires, brainchild of notable foodies Elizabeth David, Richard Olney and Alan & Jane Davidson, came into being in 1979. Many prominent others made grand contributions: Claudia Roden, Harold McGee and Jane Grigson to name a few. This great anthology is varied in content on cuisine, its history, ingredients and personalities and is beautifully written. Hardcover, 239 pp. $37.95.


The Last Days of Haute CuisineThe Last Days of Haute Cuisine: The Coming of Age of American Restaurants
Patrick Kuh
A great social and cultural history of American eateries and their celebrity chefs. The book explores the renewal of food and dining and the evolution of American 'high-style' restaurants. The chapter on "The Formidable Mrs. Child" is endearing. 240 pages. $20.00.

Tender at the Bone
Ruth Reichl
Reichl's witty look at not only her life but her life in the context of California's food awakening in the 70's and 80's.
$22.95.

Best Thing I Ever TastedBest Thing I Ever Tasted: The Secret of Food
Sallie Tisdale
A lively mixture of history, memoir, sociology and family recipe. This highly readable book explores our public and private attitudes about food with discussion on topics ranging from Betty Crocker to factors behind our food choices, and our desire to save recipes we'll likely never use. Softcover, $19.00.

 

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