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A dazzling, initial past of the spice trade-- and the cravings that incited it. It was in search of the fabled Flavor Islands and their cloves that Magellan charted the first circuit of the globe. Vasco da Gama set sail the unsafe waters around Africa to India on a pursuit for Christians-- and flavors. Columbus looked for gold and pepper yet found the New World. By the time these fifteenth- and sixteenth-century travelers set out, the scents of these savory, seductive seeds and powders had tempted the palates and creative imaginations of Europe for centuries. Spice: The History of a Temptation is a past record of the flavor profession informed not in the typical narrative of national politics and economics, nor of occupation and emigration, however with the intimate human impulses that motivated and drove it. Right here is an expedition of the centuries-old wish for flavor in food, in medication, in magic, in religious beliefs, and in sex-- and of the appeal of prohibited fruit remaining in the scents of cinnamon, pepper, ginger, nutmeg, mace, and clove. We comply with flavors back through time, with past, belief, archaeology, and literature. We see spices in all their range, admired as passion remedies and aphrodisiacs, as reliefs and defenses against the afflict. We journey from religious rituals in which spices were used to resolve demons and summon gods to natural born players of gluttony both fantastical and genuine. We see flavors as a high-end for a medieval king\'s ostentation, as a mommy\'s air freshener, as the last word in nouvelle cuisine. With checking out the temptations of spice we adhere to in the trails of the flavor applicants leading from the deserts of ancient Syria to thrill-seekers on the web. We uncover just how spice became one of the very first and many withstanding web links between Asia and Europe. We see in the pepper we utilize so delicately the relic of a practice connecting us to the cravings of Rome, Elizabethan England, and the pharaohs. And we capture the delight of spice not just at the table but in every part of life. Spice is a satisfaction to be appreciated. From the Hardbound version.
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