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In The Taste of Empire, acclaimed historian Lizzie Collingham tells the story of how the British Empire's quest for food shaped the modern world. Told through 20 meals over the course of 450 years, from the Far East to the New World, Collingham explains how Africans taught Americans how to grow rice, how the East India Company turned opium into tea, and how Americans became the best-fed people in the world.

In The Taste of Empire, Collingham masterfully shows that only by examining the history of Great Britain's global food system, from 16th-century Newfoundland fisheries to our present-day eating habits, can we fully understand our capitalist economy and its role in making our modern diets.

©2017 Lizzie Collingham (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This is a wholly pleasing book, which offers a tasty side dish to anyone exploring the narrative history of the British Empire." (Max Hastings, Sunday Times [UK])

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