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Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice
Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice | Marjorie Shaffer
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Filled with anecdotes and fascinating information, "a spicy read indeed." (Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How it Transformed the World) The perfect companion to Mark Kurlansky's Salt: A World History, Pepper illuminates the rich history of pepper for a popular audience. Vivid and entertaining, it describes the part pepper played in bringing the Europeans, and later the Americans, to Asia and details the fascinating encounters they had there. As Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds, said, "After reading Marjorie Shaffer's Pepper, you'll reconsider the significance of that grinder or shaker on your dining room table. The pursuit of this wizened berry with the bite changed history in ways you've never dreamed, involving extraordinary voyages, international trade, exotic locales, exploitation, brutality, disease, extinctions, and rebellions, and featuring a set of remarkable characters." From the abundance of wildlife on the islands of the Indian Ocean, which the Europeans used as stepping stones to India and the East Indies, to colorful accounts of the sultan of Banda Aceh entertaining his European visitors with great banquets and elephant fights, this fascinating book reveals the often surprising story behind one of mankind's most common spices.
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Leftcoastzen
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#90sinjuly #pepper So ,I'm a day late. Serendipity! I found it in a thrift store today.😃

Yossarian Hmm. I'd think salt would be more influential. 3y
Leftcoastzen @yossarian You're right! But they are trying to sell books😂. 3y
Yossarian I would have been more likely to buy their book if the title indicated that they were going to tell the truth! 3y
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Leftcoastzen @yossarian Salt is a mineral though, right? 3y
Yossarian Yeah, but it's still a spice! 3y
Cinfhen It's still a good find! ❤️❤️ 3y
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#SeptPhotoChallenge Day 18 - books that made me hungry

These two beefy books don't need to be taken with a grain of salt. Fascinating nonfiction about two of my favorite spices, they are neither tough nor dry, and are definitely not over-seasoned. In fact, they're quite spicy and have a very long shelf(ie) life. #somethingforsept #foodbookpuns #icrackmyselfup

RealLifeReading Those are very interesting picks! I've read Mark Kurlanksy's other books but not this one yet. But haven't heard of Pepper! 3y
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