Originally Posted by eric
I usually do a little food history when I'm teaching. I mention to people very small tidbits of information that we forget. All this technology and we forget our basic history.
potatoes never existed in Europe until the discovery of the Americas
Chiles never made it to Asia until Americas was discovered
A lot of the popular spices we used today, we think as very America originated in the Orient and Middle East.
I used to have a book, but I think it is lost called "The History of Food". Pretty good reading.
Harrold McGee's books also has some good food history in them.
Hi, Eric. Yes, I include a little history in my daily teaching. The book you are referring to is Reay Tannahill's "Food in History." An excellent book. I look through it yearly. In my book I refer to the early New Orleans food traditions and some of the characters. I try to show where the great new chefs in New Orleans drew their inspiration from.