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Beans: A History
College of the Pacific Faculty Books and Book Chapters
  • Ken Albala, University of the Pacific
Document Type
Book
Department
History
Description
This is the story of the bean, the staple food cultivated by humans for over 10,000 years. From the lentil to the soybean, every civilization on the planet has cultivated its own species of bean. The humble bean has always attracted attention - from Pythagoras' notion that the bean hosted a human soul to St. Jerome's indictment against bean-eating in convents (because they "tickle the genitals"), to current research into the deadly toxins contained in the most commonly eaten beans. Over time, the bean has been both scorned as "poor man's meat" and praised as health-giving, even patriotic. Attitudes to this most basic of foodstuffs have always revealed a great deal about a society. Featuring a new preface from author Ken Albala, Beans: A History takes the reader on a fascinating journey across cuisines and cultures.
ISBN
978-1350022270
Publication Date
3-9-2017
Publisher
Bloomsbury Press
Keywords
  • Food Studies
Disciplines
Comments
10th Anniversary edition with new foreword
Citation Information
Ken Albala. Beans: A History. London(2017) p. 1 - 240
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ken-albala/111/