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Food: A Cultural Culinary History

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Publisher's Summary

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

In fact, civilization itself began in the quest for food. Humanity's transition to agriculture was not only the greatest social revolution in history, but it directly produced the structures and institutions we call "civilization."

In 36 fascinating lectures, award-winning Professor Albala puts this extraordinary subject on the table, taking you on an enthralling journey into the human relationship to food. With this innovative course, you'll travel the world discovering fascinating food lore and culture of all regions and eras - as an eye-opening lesson in history as well as a unique window on what we eat today.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2013 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2013 The Great Courses

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    moka1327 Los Angeles, CA 09-03-14
    moka1327 Los Angeles, CA 09-03-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Interesting and insightful history on food!"

    I really enjoyed this lecture series. I eating all kinds of food so naturally a cultural history of food would be fascinating to me. What I found most interesting was how food really reflected major historical changes in human history. Professor Abala was also a very lively lecturer who is obviously passionate about the subject matter and passes on that enthusiasm to his listeners. I learned a lot of great facts about where foods come from that will make me look at all kinds of foods with a greater appreciation! Definitely recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Luc L 06-10-14
    Luc L 06-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wide-ranging, interesting and well-organised"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great topic. A lot of territory (cultures) covered, at times glanced at. Professor Ken Albala's kept my interest and well organised.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael C. Lott Sandy, Utah USA 04-26-14
    Michael C. Lott Sandy, Utah USA 04-26-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Outstanding Reveal on Food"
    What made the experience of listening to Food: A Cultural Culinary History the most enjoyable?

    Professor Ken Albala is well polished and presents in an very engaging way.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love food and felt I was comfortably well informed about most things food. A Cultural Culinary History just expanded my Universe in a fun way with an incredibly fascinating wealth of information the evolution of this most common necessity.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Ken Albala’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Food: A Cultural Culinary History is the first I've heard of Professor Ken Albala's work. And I loved it.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Pillage the Pantry


    Any additional comments?

    Professor Ken Albala is incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of food and culinary history. I love his tone and just how comfortable he is with a subject that effects us all whether we know how or why exactly. I'll be listening to this Series again. It was that good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Waunakee, WI, United States 10-26-13
    Cheryl Waunakee, WI, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Educational, yet very entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Food: A Cultural Culinary History the most enjoyable?

    The professor weaves together the story of food, food production, cooking and eating on various peoples' culture since the beginning to agriculture to today's genetically modified foods.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Food: A Cultural Culinary History?

    One of the reasons Martin Luther protested the Roman Catholic Church's ban on consumption of animal products during lent was because the geographic region where Luther was located depended on butter as the main cooking fat instead of olive oil.


    What about Professor Ken Albala’s performance did you like?

    I liked everything about his presentation. Excellent story teller and educator.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen for anyone who is interested in food, cooking and history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Albany, NY, United States 09-12-13
    Stacey Albany, NY, United States 09-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Food: A Cultural Culinary History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my favorites. I would love to hear more from Prof Albala!


    What about Professor Ken Albala’s performance did you like?

    He's just so darn knowledgeable. I really enjoy his excitement about food - everything is just *delightful*!


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    denise fachini 01-20-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Wish there was more"
    Where does Food: A Cultural Culinary History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I returned to this lecture series over and over.


    What about Professor Ken Albala’s performance did you like?

    He was focused and presented the information perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see additional lectures on thi subject of culinary history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Abbott South Dakota 05-16-15
    A. Abbott South Dakota 05-16-15 Member Since 2014

    Madam Music

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    "Deliciously Informative"

    I was highly impressed with this book. Not only does it deliver an extensive history on how humans are, it's also one of the best lectures on religion I've ever heard (why religions have dietary restrictions, importance of food metaphors, etc). Thank you.

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    Leslie abingdon, MD, USA 02-21-15
    Leslie abingdon, MD, USA 02-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Fascinating, Informative and Entertaining"

    Great course. Thought-provoking and eye-opening information about one of the basic parts of everyone's existence. Food for the intellect.

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    Catherine 02-04-15
    Catherine 02-04-15
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    "Great Overview"

    This is a comforting trip down well established roads, but there are delightful views along the way. Well worth a listen. Bring paper and pen to write down source materials if you are so inclined.

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    D. Moller Copenhagen 01-31-15
    D. Moller Copenhagen 01-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very interesting review of world history through"

    The lens of food. I'm a huge great courses fan, and this was one of my favorites. It's of course not long enough, and there's not nearly enough focus on Asian cuisine, but it was extremely interesting to follow the development of food preparation from prehistory to the present, and to see all the ways in which food and politics mix. Am planing to listen to it again immediately

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Fiona
    12/7/15
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    "Informative, interesting and entertaining."

    I very much enjoyed this book, a good mix of facts with narrative context. Easy to listen to, informative and full of interesting information. I listened to this book for the most part with my 13 year old son. We listened to chunks at a time and both looked forward to the next section.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • K. Pallett
    11/25/15
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    "Very informative"

    I really enjoyed the delivery and enthusiasm.

    Well worth listening to and highly recommended as a source of both education and entertainment

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa Cooper
    11/21/15
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    "The history of food."

    A good set of lectures, for which I'm great-full as previous ones were less than engaging, which were brought alive by professor Ken Albala. All round enjoyable and reread-able.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nr Langholm, United Kingdom
    7/15/15
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    "Excellent"

    Really interesting lectures. A bit American orientated towards the end but still relevant. Good lecture style, made them very accessible. Well worth listening too. Changed my eating habits!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David Brady
    7/15/16
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    "I loved this"

    I want to go east my way through history right now! An excellent listen. It will make you hungry!

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  • Aliza Bat-Ami
    Haifa, Israel
    6/13/16
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    "Food for thought!"
    Would you listen to Food: A Cultural Culinary History again? Why?

    Yes - an enjoyable course


    Have you listened to any of Professor Ken Albala’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO - the Great Courses are better taken in separate doses, as one would in a university


    Any additional comments?

    Good value for money - a topic of perennial interest and lots of interesting facts for someone who enjoys this type of learning

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms
    Anstruther, United Kingdom
    4/21/16
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    "Fun lectures on why history is all about food!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this to any friend with more than a passing interest in food or history. This fat lecture series might look like hard work but author has a light but authoritative approach and he delivers it with engaging enthusiasm and humour.
    I know I'm overly interested in food (who isn't?) but the lecturer completely convinced me that human history has mostly been about the changing cultures of food production and cooking (okay, with a little influence of tecnology, religion, weaponry...)


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  • Mr
    4/12/16
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    "Excellent summary course, knowledgeable lecturer"

    Covers all aspects of the history of food, including the myriad religious aspects which I had not previously considered. Runs roughly up to 2013 and the decline of molecular gastronomy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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