The History of Taste
Thames & Hudson 2007
Hardback 368pp Illustrated
9780500251355   Product Code: 17601
Why did Europeans, who had enjoyed spicy food since Roman times, prefer bland flavours in the 19th century? What were the origins of the sophisticated dishes of the Arabian desert? How did French cuisine conquer the world? Addressing such questions, this lavishly illustrated volume of essays traces the history of food, from the evolution of taste in prehistory to the development of the restaurant, and concludes with a discussion of gastronomy since the turning point of the 1970s.