❰Reading❯ ➻ Spice The History of a Temptation Author Jack Turner – E17streets4all.co.uk A brilliant original history of the spice trade and the appetites that fueled it It was in search of the fabled Spice Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circumnavigation of the g A brilliant original history of the spice History of PDF Æ trade and the appetites that fueled it It was in search of the fabled Spice Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circumnavigation of the globe Vasco da Gama sailed the dangerous waters around Africa to India on a uest for Christians and spices Columbus sought gold and pepper but found the Spice The eBook Ø New World By the time these fifteenth and sixteenth century explorers set sail the aromas of these savory seductive seeds and powders had tempted the palates and imaginations of Europe for centuries Spice The History of a Temptation is a history of the spice trade told not in the conventional narrative of politics and economics nor of conuest and colonization but through the intimate human impulses that inspired and drove it Here is an exploration of the centuries old desire for spice in food in medicine in magic in religion and in sex and of the allure of forbidden fruit lingering in the scents of cinnamon pepper ginger nutmeg mace and clove We follow spices back through time through history myth archaeology and literature We see spices in all their diversity lauded as love potions and aphrodisiacs as panaceas and defenses against the plague We journey from religious rituals in which spices were employed to dispel demons and summon gods to prodigies of gluttony both fantastical and real We see spices as a luxury for a medieval king's ostentation as a mummy's deodorant as the last word in haute cuisine Through examining the temptations of spice we follow in the trails of the spice seekers leading from the deserts of ancient Syria to thrill seekers on the Internet We discover howspice became one of the first and most enduring links between Asia and Europe We see in the pepper we use so casually the relic of a tradition linking us to the appetites of Rome Elizabethan England and the pharaohs And we capture the pleasure of spice not only at the table but in every part of life Spice is a delight to be savored.
- 384 pages
- Spice The History of a Temptation
- Jack Turner
- 04 May 2016 Jack Turner