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The Taste of Conquest provides up a riveting, globe-trotting tale of unquenchable need, fanatical religion, raw greed, fickle vogue, and mouthwatering cuisine–in brief, the very stuff of which our globe is created. In this engaging, enlightening, and anecdote-filled background, Michael Krondl, a noted chef turned writer and food historian, tells the story of 3 legendary cities–Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam–and how their single-minded pursuit of spice helped to make (and remake) the Western diet regime and set in motion the very first great wave of globalization. Sharing meals and stories with Indian pepper planters, Portuguese sailors, and Venetian foodies, Krondl requires every single chance to check out the globe of lengthy in the past and sample its several flavors. Along the way, he reveals that the taste for spice of a number of wealthy Europeans led to fantastic crusades, astonishing feats of bravery, and even wholesale slaughter.As stimulating as it is pleasurable, and filled with surprising insights, The Taste of Conquest gives a compelling perspective on how, in search of a tastier dish, the globe has been transformed.Praise for The Taste of Conquest“An altogether wealthy, perfectly seasoned slice of globe history.”–The Boston Globe“As a chef I have usually been deeply intrigued by the mystique of spices. Michael Krondl’s guide awakens and transports the reader into this mysterious planet, displaying us how our lives and history have been transformed by the sensuous odors of cardamom, nutmeg, and turmeric.”–Gray Kunz, chef and owner of Café Gray and Grayz, co-author of The Factors of Taste“Fascinating . . . spicy studying for food and background lovers alike.”–Associated Press“A tasty treat.”–The Vancouver Sun“Witty and erudite.”–Financial Post“Enticing.”–Chicago Tribune
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