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Story of Corn (Anglais) Broché – juillet 1999

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Book by Fussell Betty Harper

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HASH(0xa0a279a8) étoiles sur 5 A persuasive treatise on a pervasive food... 31 décembre 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Broché
A fun, crammed compendium on how this food became ubiquitous--like the apple in our diet. It's forms and functions are seemingly unending. You'll be surprised how much and in what ways you've consumed it. Stock photos, quotes, recipes, postcards: a loving scrapbook and historical tale of corn. If you're a cook, you'll love it. It's like a year of Gourmet magazine with every issue on a different facet of corn. A fun gift to give.
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HASH(0xa0e64aec) étoiles sur 5 A specialized food history 6 janvier 2005
Par Midwest Book Review - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Food historian Betty Fussell's survey of corn history blends folklore, anthropology, botany and social and art history to provide a lively blend of anecdotes and facts about world corn, from its influence on war and ritual uses in the Inca and Aztec worlds to its use as a key ingredient in different cultures' cuisines. The Story Of Corn isn't a cookbook; it's a specialized food history which will appeal across many different lines, from students of anthropology and sociology to culinary enthusiasts and history buffs.
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HASH(0xa0dca5ac) étoiles sur 5 Kind of A-maize-ing 16 novembre 2006
Par Jasoturner - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I must admit, I am actually a beet person (well, root vegetables generally) and bought this book to get ammo to goof on my corn enthusiast friends. But how the worm has turned! Corn and human history are inextricably linked, a bonding of nurture and social evolution. This book lays down the facts.

I guess in retrospect my "hubris" about beets was misguided and wrong. I now think the lesson I learned, whether it pertains to vegetables, politics, music or whatever, is that YOU SHOULD NEVER UNDERESTIMATE DIFFERENT OPINIONS. It's too easy to do, and is an easy way to miss out on fundamental truths.

In that sense, this book transcends it's core audience of corn folk (cornies?) and teaches a much deeper lesson if you are not really interested in corn - that well disciplined research into unfamiliar topics can instruct and delight the receptive reader.

Read it, enjoy and reflect.
HASH(0xa0b24348) étoiles sur 5 Well-written, with detailed information on all almost all aspects related to corn 22 juin 2015
Par John Karon - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The author is descended from folks who grew corn on the plains, and their story is woven into the start and end of the text. There is a great deal of detail on ritual and traditional uses of corn by Native American peoples, from the Toltecs and Aztecs and Woodland peoples to modern tribes, and especially much on the uses of corn as a food, in fact so much on alternative ways of making some dishes (such as bread-like dishes) in various cultures that many readers would skip over these details. The chapter on the mechanization of corn process also has lots of detail but is hard to follow for those of us who don't know the function of many of the agricultural tools: the author doesn't describe them. Similarly, while the author mentions the six general types of corn (sweet, dent, pop, flour,...), she never explains the differences among them, and there is limited information on corn genetics. The author describes the surprising number of industrial uses for corn in some detail:the book has lots of information on all aspects of corn but some useful details are missing. I was especially interested in the conflicting theories on the ancestry of corn in a section titled The Corn War (at the time of publication, there were theories that teosinte was either not the ancestral grain or not the only one). One error: in the text on Chaco, the author states that Pueblo Bonito housed more than 1000 people; it is now accepted that it housed relatively few. A limitation of this book is that it was published in 1992 and hence has nothing on modern developments related to GMOs. There is an extensive bibliography but few references within the text indicating which sources contain more information on a topic. Of course, a reader can go to the web for a particular topic (such as the types of corn), but it would be useful to have it in the text.
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HASH(0xa0e40834) étoiles sur 5 Corn breadth 21 octobre 2006
Par TMc - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This tome covers corn "ear" to toe. I love the sassy tone and contrarian viewpoints.
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