By Marjorie Shaffer
Filled with anecdotes and engaging details, "a highly spiced learn indeed." (Mark Pendergrast, writer of Uncommon Grounds: The historical past of espresso and the way it reworked the World)
The excellent better half to Mark Kurlansky's Salt: a global History, Pepper illuminates the wealthy background of pepper for a well-liked viewers. shiny and interesting, it describes the half pepper performed in bringing the Europeans, and later the american citizens, to Asia and info the attention-grabbing encounters that they had there. As Mark Pendergrast, writer of Uncommon Grounds, said, "After interpreting Marjorie Shaffer's Pepper, you'll think again the importance of that grinder or shaker in your eating room desk. The pursuit of this wizened berry with the chunk replaced historical past in methods you have by no means dreamed, concerning remarkable voyages, overseas exchange, unique locales, exploitation, brutality, ailment, extinctions, and rebellions, and that includes a collection of exceptional characters."
From the abundance of flora and fauna at the islands of the Indian Ocean, which the Europeans used as stepping stones to India and the East Indies, to colourful bills of the sultan of Banda Aceh interesting his ecu viewers with nice banquets and elephant fights, this interesting publication finds the usually dazzling tale in the back of one in every of mankind's commonest spices.
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