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Empires of Food: Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations
 
 
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Evan D.G. Fraser & Andrew Rimas.
Publisher Counterpoint  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781582437934
Pages/Publication Date 302/2012
Daedalus Item Code 38722
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Using the colorful diaries of a 16th-century merchant as a narrative guide, this book vividly chronicles the fate of people and societies for the past 12,000 years through the foods they grew, hunted, traded, and ate—and offers fascinating, and devastating, insights into what to expect in years to come. Complex societies were built by shipping grain up rivers, but inevitably, crops fail, fields erode, or the temperature drops, and the center of power shifts while once-prosperous cultures descend into dark ages of poverty, famine, and war. In this engaging history of the dining table, agricultural scholar Evan Fraser and journalist Andrew Rimas capture the flavor of places as disparate as ancient Mesopotamia and imperial Britain, taking us from the first city in the once-thriving Fertile Crescent to today's overworked breadbaskets and rice bowls in the United States and China.
 
 
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