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  • 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


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