Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of Humanity
An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A comprehensive look at the impact that food has had on human society. From the earliest hunter-gatherers to the second Green Revolution, Standage demonstrates the influence of food and its availability in history. Communities form, wars are fought, people grow rich and poor, and governments rise and fall based on the availability of food to the people.

The book is long, but not dry. There's always a new change, or culture to examine. Although the story is about food in general, the most commonly mentioned are cereal crops. It's amazing to learn what they've meant to us as a species.

I read this for the TBR Pile Challenge. It had been gathering dust awhile, and now I'm sorry I put it off. The book ends around 2008, and I'm sure a lot more has happened since.

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