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Fruit from the Sands : The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat - Robert N. Spengler

Fruit from the Sands

The Silk Road Origins of the Foods We Eat

Hardcover Published: 11th July 2019
ISBN: 9780520303638
Number Of Pages: 392

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The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. From almonds and apples to tea and rice, many foods that we consume today have histories that can be traced out of prehistoric Central Asia along the tracks of the Silk Road to kitchens in Europe, America, China, and elsewhere in East Asia. The exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient routes extends back five thousand years, and organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century BC. Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants found in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. With vivid examples, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed cuisines all over the globe.

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''An exemplary case of work that is not only rigorous but broadly accessible and truly interdisciplinary in scope. This book will change the way that all readers see their food.''-Miranda Brown, Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan''A must-read for anyone interested in Silk Road exchanges.''-Soren Stark, Associate Professor of Central Asian Archaeology, Institut for the Study of the Ancient World/NYU 

ISBN: 9780520303638
ISBN-10: 0520303636
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 11th July 2019
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1

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