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BK: Tom Nealon Presents FOOD FIGHTS & CULTURE WARS

    03/23/2017 - 7:00pm

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    This event takes place in our Brooklyn store

    “So much of what happens with food is never written down, never immortalized: all the evidence eaten, forgotten,” until now. Parallel to the history books, a second, more obscure history was also being recorded in the cookbooks of the time, which charted the evolution of meals and the transmission of ingredients around the world. In FOOD FIGHTS AND CULTURE WARS: A Secret History of Taste, antiquarian cookbook expert Tom Nealon explores the mysteries at the intersection of food and society, and attempts to make sense of the curious area between fact and fiction.

    When Tom Nealon set out to cook each and every meal found in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales ten years ago, it inspired him to begin the research for FOOD FIGHTS AND CULTURE WARS—a true mix of history, literature, and cuisine. In this entertaining and eclectic book of food history, Nealon takes on such overlooked themes as carp and the Crusades, brown sauce and Byron, and chilies and cannibalism, and suggests that hunger and taste are the twin forces that secretly defined the course of civilization. 

    Through war and plague, revolution and migration, people have always had to eat. What and how they ate provoked culinary upheaval around the world as ingredients were traded and fought over, and populations desperately walked the line between satiety and starvation. 

    Tom Nealon is a food writer and antiquarian bookseller who specializes in early printed books, literature, and anything to do with the often-elusive history of food. His work has appeared in Slate, The Boston Globe, and extensively at Hilobrow.com. He lives with his wife and two children in Boston where he runs Pazzo Books and occasionally insists that he is one of the world's leading authorities on condiments.

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    $30.00
    ISBN: 9781468314410
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Overlook Press - March 14th, 2017

    In this eclectic book of food history, Tom Nealon takes on such overlooked themes as carp and the Crusades, brown sauce and Byron, and chillies and cannibalism, and suggests that hunger and taste are the twin forces that secretly defined the course of civilization. Through war and plague, revolution and migration, people have always had to eat.