Garlic, an Edible Biography: The History, Politics, and Mythology behind the World's Most Pungent Food--with over....pdf

Garlic, an Edible Biography: The History, Politics, and Mythology behind the World's Most Pungent Food--with over....pdf


Garlic weaves a colorful, engaging story about one of the world's timeless ingredients--perfect for food lovers, devoted eaters, and readers of culinary narrative.

     Garlic is the Lord Byron of produce, a lusty rogue that charms and seduces you, but runs off before dawn leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Called everything from "rustic cure-all" to "Russian penicillin," "Bronx vanilla," and "Italian perfume," garlic has been loved, worshiped, and despised throughout history. Robin Cherry's Garlic is an "edible biography" of one of the foundational ingredients of world cooking.
     While this book does not claim that garlic saved civilization (though it might cure whatever ails you), it does take us on a grand tour of garlic's fascinating role in history, medicine, literature, and art; its controversial role in bigotry, mythology, and superstition; and its indispensable contribution to the great cuisines of the world. But just to make sure the appetite doesn't feel slighted, over 75 recipes that feature garlic are included too, from Italy's Pasta Aglio Olio to China's Good Fortune Garlic Lettuce.
      Garlic is a compelling story about an elemental, earthy, and rustic food with truly deep roots.

“Garlic lovers unite and delight in Robin Cherry’s splendid and comprehensive edible biography of garlic. No other member of the Allium family has been as maligned and rebuffed throughout history as this stinky bulb. Yet, its powerful medicinal benefits have been touted for centuries. This masterful work integrates the history, legends, lore, and even vampire tales, along with an inspired selection of recipes from condiments to desserts. A must have book for a cook’s library."—Diane Morgan, author of Roots: The Definitive Compendium

Travel writer and historian ROBIN CHERRY is the author of Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping. She was the publisher of Organic Style books and the circulation director of Organic Gardening and Organic Style magazines at Rodale. She has written for The Atlantic, Travel + Leisure, Dwell, Salon, and many other publications and websites. As a travel writer, she has already visited many of the places featured in Garlic, including India, China, the Middle East, Russia, Europe, and Gilroy, California.


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