• "Kurlansky's great ability is to chose a single element as a prism through which to view the development or degeneration of culture; in this book he takes his readers from the 16th century to the present day, encompassing biology, commerce, the politics of race, history, literature, and, of course, gourmandise"

    Erica Wagner, The Times
  • "A diligent researcher and a terrific storyteller...quirky, engrossing narrative"

    Jackie McGlone, Herald
  • "A unique perspective"

    Killian Fox, Observer
  • "Fascinating... Kurlansky's portrait of that vanished age is absolutely engrossing"

    Philip Hoare, Sunday Telegraph
  • "Packed with interest"