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Caviar (Electronic book text)
Caviar (Electronic book text): Inga Saffron
Caviar (Electronic book text): Inga Saffron

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Inga Saffron

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In the tradition of "Cod" and "Olives," here is a fascinating journey into the hidden history, culture, and commerce of caviar. Once merely a substitute for meat during religious fasts, today caviar is an icon of luxury and wealth. In "Caviar," Inga Saffron tells, for the first time, the story of how the virgin eggs of the prehistoric-looking, bottom-feeding sturgeon were transformed from a humble peasant food into a czar's delicacy--and ultimately a coveted status symbol for a rising middle class. She explores how the glistening black eggs became the epitome of culinary extravagance, while taking us on a revealing excursion into the murky world of caviar on the banks of the Volga River and Caspian Sea in Russia, the Elbe in Europe, and the Hudson and Delaware Rivers in the United States. At the same time, Saffron describes the complex industry caviar has spawned, illustrating the unfortunate consequences of mass marketing such a rare commodity. The story of caviar has long been one of conflict, crisis, extravagant claims, and colorful characters, such as the Greek sea captain who first discovered the secret method of transporting the perishable delicacy to Europe, the canny German businessmen who encountered a wealth of untapped sturgeon in American waters, the Russian Communists who created a sophisticated cartel to market caviar to an affluent Western clientele, the dirt-poor poachers who eked out a living from sturgeon in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse and the "caviar Mafia" that has risen in their wake, and the committed scientists who sacrificed their careers. "Here's whatever is worth knowing about Romanoff and Petrossian and the remarkable history of beluga, osetra, or sevruga eggs, all in this one basket, served with much style." "KIRKUS REVIEWS" "To give the caviar trade a human face, Saffron offers portraits of both historical and contemporary Russian, Greek, and German personalities who have dedicated their lives to expanding the market for this regal roe." MARK KNOBLAUCH, "BOOKLIST" "Caviar started out as pig slop...how this same gunk was transformed into a delicacy is...fascinating." "FORBES" MAGAZINE "This is a dandy book." RICHARD LOURIE, "NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW" " Saffron] does a delightful job relating caviar's unlikely transformation from peasant fare to aristocratic delicacy to bourgeois status symbol." "THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER" "In her sharp-eyed, informative and briskly written book "Caviar," Saffron examines the natural, economic, and gastronomical history of the sturgeon and its eggs." "LOS-ANGELES TIMES" "An enchanting book on a deliciously mysterious subject." "BALTIMORE SUN" "Written with an elegance befitting the subject, "Caviar" is a fascinating work of culinary and environmental history." "USA TODAY" "Saffron writes with color and flair." "THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR" "Fascinating... affecting... Part natural history, part culinary h


Imprint: Broadway Books
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2002
Authors: Inga Saffron
Format: Electronic book text
ISBN-13: 978-5-551-19535-1
Barcode: 9785551195351
Categories: Promotions
Books > Health, Home & Family > Cookery / food & drink etc
Books > Health, Home & Family > Cookery / food & drink etc > General
Books > Food & Drink > General
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > General
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > World history > General
Books > History > World history > General
LSN: 5-551-19535-X

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