9780375707056-0375707050-Spice: The History of a Temptation

Spice: The History of a Temptation

ISBN-13: 9780375707056
ISBN-10: 0375707050
Edition: unknown
Author: Turner, Jack
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback 384 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780375707056
ISBN-10: 0375707050
Edition: unknown
Author: Turner, Jack
Publication date: 2005
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback 384 pages

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Acknowledged authors Turner, Jack wrote Spice: The History of a Temptation comprising 384 pages back in 2005. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0375707050 and 9780375707056. Since then Spice: The History of a Temptation textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In this brilliant, engrossing work, Jack Turner explores an era—from ancient times through the Renaissance—when what we now consider common condiments were valued in gold and blood.

Spices made sour medieval wines palatable, camouflaged the smell of corpses, and served as wedding night aphrodisiacs. Indispensible for cooking, medicine, worship, and the arts of love, they were thought to have magical properties and were so valuable that they were often kept under lock and key. For some, spices represented Paradise, for others, the road to perdition, but they were potent symbols of wealth and power, and the wish to possess them drove explorers to circumnavigate the globe—and even to savagery.

Following spices across continents and through literature and mythology, Spice is a beguiling narrative about the surprisingly vast influence spices have had on human desire.

Includes eight pages of color photographs.

One of the Best Books of the Year: Discover Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle

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