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An Edible History of Humanity | [Tom Standage]

An Edible History of Humanity

Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes---caused, enabled, or influenced by food---has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.
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Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes---caused, enabled, or influenced by food---has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.

©2009 Tom Standage; (P)2009 Tantor

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    T. Leach Washington, DC 03-11-13
    T. Leach Washington, DC 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book about cultivation of food"
    What made the experience of listening to An Edible History of Humanity the most enjoyable?

    The sweep and span of this book is interesting and it's really captures everything in a nutshell. For example the most people think of farming as natural when actually farming is a technology and without farming humanity as we know would be very different. If farming is a technology and it is, then why is there such outrage over Bioengineering of crops when humans have been doing it since the very beginning of farming. These are some of the most important take aways and thoughts I have absorbed from this audio book.


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    Amazon Customer Rockville, MD, United States 04-12-12
    Amazon Customer Rockville, MD, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Delicious Story from Stem to Stem"
    Would you consider the audio edition of An Edible History of Humanity to be better than the print version?

    The audio version ofers a layer of depth unseen, or better yet unheard, in the print version. Standage's word jump to life with Wilson's naration as each story of the long history of food unfolds.


    What does George K. Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Comprehensive for the most part allows me as a listener to understand the story a lot more than simply reading it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book for the most part made me hungry everytime I read it passed midnight. But what most suprised me is how pivital food is to various aspects of our world. I especially love how Standage broke the book into sections which focused on foods key issues. Like how farming came about to how food let to the fall of Communist Soviet Union.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, especially since we all love food. This provide one of the best backgrounds of history around food to explain the mandane to extraordinary. Bon appetit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. F. Plona Phoenix, AZ 02-01-12
    T. F. Plona Phoenix, AZ 02-01-12 Member Since 2004

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    "An enjoyable bite of history"
    Where does An Edible History of Humanity rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of all the books I have listened to, this is average. But I would like to think that I have listened to some rather good books over the years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the entwining of food into history. The book touched on many of my favorite reading topics, history, culture, politics, science and economics. It tied in many diciplines rather well.


    What about George K. Wilson’s performance did you like?

    Consistent and unobtrusive.


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    Lucie Sanford, ME, United States 11-29-09
    Lucie Sanford, ME, United States 11-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Flawed, but still worth a read"

    This book lacks the intellectual brilliance of Michael Pollan's work, and the reader is slow and ponderous. Still, there are a number of interesting historical perspectives on the history of food.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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