In this engaging, anecdotal history of food, world conquest, and desire, a chef-turned-journalist tells the story of three legendary cities-Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam-that transformed the globe in the quest for spice.
Written in a colorful style that will appeal to fans of Mark Kurlansky and Michael Pollan, this ambitious yet accessible book travels effortlessly from the Crusades to the present day. Michael Krondl explains that it was the desire for spices that got international trade up and running on a scale that had never occurred prior to that time. This explosive growth of the spice trade led to the successive rise-and fall-of Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam.
Krondl, a gifted food writer, travels to each of these great cities and begins his visit with a great meal. Gradually, he merges the menu he's enjoying with the city's colorful past, and readers are off on a gastronomical tour that teaches them not only about food and spice but also about history and commerce.
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"The origins of globalization can be traced to the spice trade, which spanned centuries, empires, religions, and continents. Remember how Christopher Columbus disappointed his patrons because the Americas didn't have cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg? Todd McLaren reads with a persuasive impersonation as he vicariously becomes the author, writing in the first person and traveling the world to discover flavors. McLaren's announcer-quality voice shows no haste, as if he's savoring the meals enjoyed in so many countries. He speaks every English word with precision, but his minor downfall comes with the numerous foreign words, which he pronounces with a 100% American accent. History aficionados will enjoy discovering the relationship of so many well-known events to the importance of well-seasoned food. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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