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Author Spengler, Robert N., III, author
Title Fruit from the sands : the Silk Road origins of the foods we eat / Robert N. Spengler III
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
book jacket
 Modern History Library  641.013 S747    AVAILABLE    30550100684677
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  TX351 S747 2019    AVAILABLE    30530001370303
Descript x, 374 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-354) and index
Introduction -- Plants on the Silk Road -- Silk and spice routes -- The millets -- Rice and other ancient grains -- Barley -- The wheats -- Legumes -- Grapes and apples -- Other fruits and nuts -- Leafy vegetables, roots, and stems -- Spices, oils, and tea -- Conclusion
"The foods we eat have a deep and often surprising past. Many foods we consume today--from almonds and apples to tea and rice--have histories can be traced along the tracks of the Silk Road out of prehistoric Central Asia to European kitchens and American tables. Organized trade along the Silk Road dates to at least Han Dynasty China in the second century B.C., but the exchange of goods, ideas, cultural practices, and genes along these ancient trading routes extends back five thousand years. Balancing a broad array of archaeological, botanical, and historical evidence, Fruit from the Sands presents the fascinating story of the origins and spread of agriculture across Inner Asia and into Europe and East Asia. Through the preserved remains of plants in archaeological sites, Robert N. Spengler III identifies the regions where our most familiar crops were domesticated and follows their routes as people carried them around the world. Vividly narrated, Fruit from the Sands explores how the foods we eat have shaped the course of human history and transformed consumption all over the globe"--Provided by publisher
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Subject Food -- Social aspects -- History -- To 1500
Gastronomy -- Social aspects -- History -- To 1500
Silk Road -- History -- To 1500
Agriculture -- Asia, Central -- History -- To 1500
Globalization -- Asia, Central -- History -- To 1500
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