• An Edible History of Humanity

  • By: Tom Standage
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-20-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (296 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes---caused, enabled, or influenced by food---has helped to shape and transform societies around the world.
©2009 Tom Standage (P)2009 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 08-13-09

A big heaping feast of history

An Edible History is a wide world history of food, agriculture, and society. Standage, who wrote the wonderful book "The Victorian Internet" about the rise and role of the telegraph, writes even more comprehensively about food and it's role in history. It's rich with detail and yet paints a broad picture of food, economics, and science across thousands of years and the entire globe. The audio production is crisp, even with the occasional strangely acted-accented quotation.

A high quality, well written work translated effectively for the audio format.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Vicky on 11-24-09

factual & entertaining

As a social history buff, I really enjoyed this factual, yet entertaining account of history as seen through food. It reminds me of Guns, Germs & Steel, another of my favs. Works as an audiobook as well.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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