Food culture has been central to world civilizations since prehistory. While early societies were limited in terms of their resources and cooking technology, methods of food preparation have flourished throughout history, with food central to social gatherings, celebrations, religious functions, and other aspects of daily life. This book surveys the history of cooking from the ancient world through the modern era.
The first volume looks at the history of cooking from antiquity through the Early Modern era, while the second focuses on the modern world. Each volume includes a chronology, historical introduction, and topical chapters on foodstuffs, food preparation, eating habits, and other subjects. Sections on particular civilizations follow, with each section offering a historical overview, recipes, menus, primary source documents, and suggestions for further reading. The work closes with a selected, general bibliography of resources suitable for student research.
- Timelines help users identify key events related to the history of cooking
- Topical essays cover important subjects across cultures
- Sections on particular civilizations, regions, and countries provide historical coverage of cooking methods and food culture
- Recipes, sample menus, and other documents give readers important information about cooking methods and food history within particular societies
- Suggestions for further reading direct users to additional sources of information