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Out of the East - Spices and the Medieval Imagination (Anglais) Broché – 3 mars 2009

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The demand for spices in medieval Europe was extravagant and was reflected in the pursuit of fashion, the formation of taste, and the growth of luxury trade. It inspired geographical and commercial exploration as traders pursued such common spices as pepper and cinnamon, and rarer aromatic products including ambergris and musk. Ultimately, the spice quest led to imperial missions that were to change world history. This engaging book explores the demand for spices: why were they so popular, and why so expensive? Paul Freedman surveys the history, geography, economics, and culinary tastes of the Middle Ages to uncover the surprisingly varied ways that spices were put to use - in elaborate medieval cuisine, in the treatment of disease, for the promotion of wellbeing, and to perfume important ceremonies of the Church.Spices became symbols of beauty, affluence, taste, and grace, Freedman shows, and their expense and fragrance drove the engines of commerce and conquest at the dawn of the modern era.

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New Perspectives 5 avril 2008
Par JC - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Professor Freedman examines Medieval Europe and its metamorphosis into Modern Europe from the perspective of spices...as condiments, as medicine, as perfumes, and as stimulants to world exploration. This fascinating book provides some novel historical perspectives - Genghis Khan as a facilitator of European travel to East Asia, for example. Its description of medieval cuisine will surprise most readers by how very unfamiliar medieval taste would be to contemporary Europeans. This is a very enjoyable read. I recommend it highly.
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Great read 27 octobre 2008
Par P. Stern - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This is a learned book, and a pleasure to read. Freedman succeeds admirably in describing and explaining Medieval Europe's passion for spices. But the most interesting part of the book is his analysis of Europe's voyages all over the world to obtain spices for domestic consumption. It's an ambitious project, and he pulls it off in a style that is lucid and also fun.

I also very much enjoyed another book on food that Freedman recently edited, "Food: The History of Taste" (University of California Press, 2007). The essays in the book are consistently insightful and entertaining. Here's to more academic work on the history of food!
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A Savory Book 13 août 2009
Par Wanda B. Red - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is one of the best cross-over books (appealing to both academic and lay audiences) that I've ever read. It unobtrusively explodes many myths about the "unsophisticated" Middle Ages while providing a well informed picture of medieval food and economic practices. It is a genuine pleasure to read. Freedman is an engaging writer who never wastes his reader's time (no academic jargon here). A wonderful book.

A little quibble: Why is his name listed as "Professor Paul Freedman"? Yes, he is a professor, but so are many authors, and that professional fact does not usually get registered as part of an author's name; this makes it sound like his first name is "Professor."
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Great book for any novice historion. 13 novembre 2013
Par Kris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
A great book with all the background you could ever need about the Spice Trade. Really great overview of how it shaped our modern world. I learned a lot that I don't think I would have come across had I not read this book. There are some very cool spice-laden recipes from the Middle Ages in the pages that I would love to try. It's interesting to see how they progress from being very heavily spice-laden to more light on the spices as we get closer to modern times.

There's a lot of links between different historical events and the spice trade in this book that really open your eyes to how things in history are interconnected. For that I'll recommend this to any novice historian that wants to get a good idea of how history is shaped by a web of events and not a straight line. The only issue is that is drags a bit in places, but it doesn't happen often.

Highly recommended.
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Five Stars 8 août 2014
Par Rebecca A Mahmood - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
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