Filled with anecdotes and fascinating information, "a spicy read
indeed." (Mark Pendergrast, author of "Uncommon Grounds: The
History of Coffee and How it Transformed the World")
The perfect companion to Mark Kurlansky's "Salt: A World
History," "Pepper "illuminates the rich history of pepper for a
popular audience. Vivid and entertaining, it describes the part
pepper played in bringing the Europeans, and later the Americans,
to Asia and details the fascinating encounters they had there. As
Mark Pendergrast, author of "Uncommon Grounds, "said, "After
reading Marjorie Shaffer's "Pepper, "you'll reconsider the
significance of that grinder or shaker on your dining room table.
The pursuit of this wizened berry with the bite changed history in
ways you've never dreamed, involving extraordinary voyages,
international trade, exotic locales, exploitation, brutality,
disease, extinctions, and rebellions, and featuring a set of
From the abundance of wildlife on the islands of the Indian Ocean,
which the Europeans used as stepping stones to India and the East
Indies, to colorful accounts of the sultan of Banda Aceh
entertaining his European visitors with great banquets and elephant
fights, this fascinating book reveals the often surprising story
behind one of mankind's most common spices.
Thomas Dunne Books
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