Foods and Nations
Gifts of the Gods: Andrew & Rachel Dalby; Feasts and Fasts: Colleen Taylor Sen; Delicioso: María José Sevilla; Al Dante: Fabio Parasecoli.
These remarkable books form part of a larger series that investigates both the iconic history and unique geography of foods throughout the world. Each volume takes a fascinating region – for example the Greek Mediterranean or Spain – and explores the relationship between the development of food and how it impacted the societies of that country. They are the perfect gift for budding chefs, as they also contain recipes specific to their respective regions so one can emulate these dishes from their own homes.
Not only is the story of these regions told through the lens of its native foods, but one also really gains an insight into the toil of feeding nations, and how the ease of access and variety we now enjoy was hard-won through the work of millions who often never saw the benefits of the produce on a national level. Things to note for the curious are how in Feasts and Fasts the rise of vegetarianism came to be in around 1000 BC in India, or in Gifts of the Gods how different foods competed for dominance as cultures came into conflict.
All books contain around 100 stunning illustrations, from historical art up to modern day food as it is sold on the streets of their native countries. Sit down, relax and get ready to learn about the history of the food that you love, and that you never knew before.
The reputable authors all come from backgrounds which establish them as authorities on each of their respective topics. They are also from a diverse set of backgrounds, such as Andrew Dalby, a translator and historian based in France; his daughter and co-author lives on the island of Paros, south-east of Greece, where as owner of a café she comes into direct contact with this subject.
"Blending well-illustrated recipes into their graceful narrative, the authors offer a comprehensive survey of the evolution of Greek foods from ancient times to today…" - Choice
"Parasecoli’s knowledge of his subject is encyclopedic . . . the sheer volume of information packed into Al Dente makes it a valuable contribution to the field." - TLS
Binding: Hardback. Each book also contains its own page marker
Gifts of the Gods: 1st, 2017
Feasts and Fasts: 1st, 2014
Delicioso: 1st, 2019
Al Dante: 1st, 2014
Gifts of the Gods: 384
Feasts and Fasts: 352
Al Dante: 336
Dimensions: H:23.4cm, W:15.6cm, D:3cm
Illustrations: Colour and black & white photographs
Gifts of the Gods: 978-1-78023-854-8
Feasts and Fasts: 978-1-78023-352-9
Al Dante: 978-1-78023-276-8