Precious Cargo: How Foods From the Americas Changed The World

Precious Cargo: How Foods From the Americas Changed The World

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 1619026023

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Precious Cargo tells the fascinating story of how western hemisphere foods conquered the globe and saved it from not only mass starvation, but culinary as well. Focusing heavily American foods—specifically the lowly crops that became commodities, plus one gobbling protein source, the turkey—Dewitt describes how these foreign and often suspect temptations were transported around the world, transforming cuisines and the very fabric of life on the planet.

Organized thematically by foodstuff, Precious Cargo delves into the botany, zoology and anthropology connected to new world foods, often uncovering those surprising individuals who were responsible for their spread and influence, including same traders, brutish conquerors, a Scottish millionaire obsessed with a single fruit and a British lord and colonial governor with a passion for peppers, to name a few.

Precious Cargo is a must read for foodies and historians alike.












that “the nut made its first appearance in Europe as a commercial product about the year 1840.” He was well aware of the oil’s counterfeiting properties, writing that “the finer qualities are, however, used both in Medicine and as an article of Food, and there can be little doubt that large quantities are annually passed off as Olive oil and are made into a form of butter employed in cookery.” Today in India, after the oil is extracted from the peanuts, what’s left is pressed into groundnut

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preservation of my rights. Brillat-Savarin found potatoes so insipid that once on a trip to the countryside, he stopped at an inn in the village of Mont-sous-Vaudrey, where he rejoiced when he saw that one of the meals being served included “royal quails” being turned on a spit, and a roasting leveret, or young hare, with an aroma “unknown to men in town, the perfume of which would fill a church.” He continues, “To my grievous disappointment I found that what I saw was for some gentlemen of the

and in return for this kindness I gave her one of my pocket handkerchiefs begging at the same time, a little corn for my horse, which she readily brought me. Food lovers reading this are thinking: What does couscous have to do with corn? It’s made with semolina wheat. Yes, and before that, it was made with millet. The tribal woman who helped Mungo didn’t have any wheat, as it doesn’t grow well in tropical Africa. All she had was corn, or maize, or mealie. Park, now in the role of food historian,

entire section on Indian and Afghani cookery. That section was published by Dover Publications as Twenty-Two Authentic Banquets from India (1975). It contained recipes for dishes from all parts of India and from neighboring regions that are today separate countries. An examination of the ingredients of these recipes reveals that fully two-thirds of the non-dessert and non-bread recipes contained some form of hot chiles. In some regions, chiles totally dominated the food. In Christie’s Bengal

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