"But today, after ten millennia of food globalisation, we are living at the end of food history—a time when everything is available everywhere. Spices that once commanded exorbitant prices—and prompted merchants to invent tall tales to obscure their origins—can now be found in the supermarket. Tomatoes and maize from the New World were unknown to the Romans but are now central to Italian cuisine. India is now the biggest producer of peanuts, a South American crop. China is the largest producer of wheat, a Middle Eastern crop, and of potatoes, originally from South America. Brazil dominates the production of coffee, originally from Ethiopia, and of sugar, originally from New Guinea. It is globalisation in a bowl."
Review of: A Movable Feast: Ten Millennia of Food Globalization By Kenneth F. Kiple
Cambridge University Press; 384 pages; $27 and £15.99
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