[Sca-cooks] Book opinion request

Lilinah lilinah at earthlink.net
Tue Feb 19 13:04:36 PST 2008

Johnna Holloway wrote:
>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.

I have and have read Keay, Dalby, and Schivelbusch. I loved Dalby, 
enjoyed Keay, and found Schivelbusch a great disappointment.

Anyone have any comments on any of the other books? I know  a couple 
have been mentioned before...
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita

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