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Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of Humanity - Tom Standage After reading Standage's History of the World in Six Glasses, I was interested enough in the subject to read this, his newer book in the same vein. I have to say I was disappointed.

Unlike the tightly unified and organized social history of six beverages he presented in Six Glasses, this book attempts a much wider reaching, and it ends up over-reaching.

Although I find social histories of food fascinating (Michael Pollan, for example), this one attempted to be a full history of the world, as told through food, an ambitious goal.

I didn't find the writing as engaging, and the lack of a clearly defined historical space made the text feel as though it wandered a bit.

I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as Six Glasses.