[Sca-cooks] Book opinion request

Christina Nevin cnevin at caci.co.uk
Tue Feb 19 08:40:36 PST 2008

Thank you for the link, I will do that. And thanks for the list - I have
Dalby's book, which I've thoroughly enjoyed, but I haven't read the


-----Original Message-----
From: Johnna Holloway [mailto:johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu] 
Sent: 19 February 2008 15:23
To: Cooks within the SCA
Subject: Book opinion request

There are so many of these spice trade and spice route books out there
that it's hard to say which brings what to the table and how useful any
single title would be to any given person.

In the past few years we have had:
Jack Turner's *Spice: The History of a Temptation.
*Michael Krondl's* **The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the
Three Great Cities of Spice *John Keay's* The Spice Route: A History
*Andrew Dalby's* **Dangerous Tastes: The Story of Spices *Charles
Corn's* **The Scents of Eden: A History of the Spice Trade *Wolfgang
Schivelbusch's *Tastes of Paradise: A Social History of Spices,
Stimulants, and Intoxicants

*Next month* **Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination *by
Paul Freedman is coming.

Add in the various handbooks, guides, and encyclopedias of spices and
herbs, and cookbooks like *Where Flavor Was Born: Recipes and Culinary
Travels Along the Indian Ocean Spice Route *and* *one has dozens of
titles to choose from.

There's a full description of John Keay's book at
I will say that he emphasizes the routes and the trade and less on the
product. It does include footnotes and a bibliography. I have to admit
that I have not read all of this one yet.
It's certainly worth looking at though and you might well like it and
want it for the shelves at home. I would try and see it from a library
first or maybe you can come across it in a larger bookstore. Check it
out before purchase unless it's cheap enough to buy sight unseen.


Christina Nevin wrote:
> Has anyone seen this book:
> The Spice Route: A History, by John Keay. Berkeley: University of 
> California Press, 2006, [first published by John Murray Ltd., London]
> Opinions please? MTIA,
> Al Servizio Vostro
> Lucrezia

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