Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food
Perspectives on Eating from the Past and a Preliminary Agenda for the Future
By Ken Albala
Oregon State University Press
Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food is a practical food historylesson, an editorial about everything gone wrong with modern food, anda call to arms – of the kitchen knife variety. Historian KenAlbala relates his experiences of growing, cooking, and sharing food inways that people did in the past, ways that we have needlessly lost. Hefinds lessons in surprising places, including obscure seventeenthcentury Italian farmer/nobles, ancient statesmen, and quirkycheesemakers from centuries ago. A rare but important variety ofhistorical activism, Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food useshistory to enrich people’s lives through a greater awareness andappreciation of what they put in their bodies. It is written for anyonewho likes to eat, loves to cook, and who knows how to throw a greatdinner party.
Ken Albala is a professor of history at the Universityof the Pacific and author or editor of sixteen books includingEating Right in the Renaissance, The Banquet, andBeans: A History.
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