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Cumin, Camels, and Caravans Gary Paul Nabhan

Cumin, Camels, and Caravans By Gary Paul Nabhan

Cumin, Camels, and Caravans by Gary Paul Nabhan


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Traveling along 4 prominent trade routes - the Silk Road, the Frankincense Trail, the Spice Route, and the Camino Real, this book follows the caravans of itinerant spice merchants from the frankincense-gathering grounds and ancient harbors of the Arabian Peninsula to the port of Zayton on the China Sea to Santa Fe in the southwest United States.

Cumin, Camels, and Caravans Summary

Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey by Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan takes the reader on a vivid and far-ranging journey across time and space in this fascinating look at the relationship between the spice trade and culinary imperialism. Drawing on his own family's history as spice traders, as well as travel narratives, historical accounts, and his expertise as an ethnobotanist, Nabhan describes the critical roles that Semitic peoples and desert floras had in setting the stage for globalized spice trade. Traveling along four prominent trade routes - the Silk Road, the Frankincense Trail, the Spice Route, and the Camino Real (for chiles and chocolate) - Nabhan follows the caravans of itinerant spice merchants from the frankincense-gathering grounds and ancient harbors of the Arabian Peninsula to the port of Zayton on the China Sea to Santa Fe in the southwest United States. His stories, recipes, and linguistic analyses of cultural diffusion routes reveal the extent to which aromatics such as cumin, cinnamon, saffron, and peppers became adopted worldwide as signature ingredients of diverse cuisines. Cumin, Camels, and Caravans demonstrates that two particular desert cultures often depicted in constant conflict - Arabs and Jews - have spent much of their history collaborating in the spice trade and suggests how a more virtuous multicultural globalized society may be achieved in the future.

Cumin, Camels, and Caravans Reviews

"Richly embroidered with detail, Cumin, Camels, and Caravans by scholar Gary Paul Nabhan is part history, part geography, part cookbook, and part travel memoir... Interspersed with recipes from various stops on historical spice routes, Nabhan discusses the botany, linguistic history, and trade history of each substance, but far from being dry accounts, they bring the wonder of many ingredients we now view as commonplace into focus; Nabhan's painstaking research has not eclipsed an evident natural knack for storytelling." Saveur "Heady historical and cultural study of ancient trade routes... Nabhan adds pungent pinches of botany and gastronomy." Nature "Gary Paul Nabhan weaves a fascinating story." Santa Fe New Mexican/Pasatiempo "Nabhan is the ideal travelling companion. With an ancestry that stretches back to the spice-trading Nabheni tribe of Oman, Nabhan is by profession an ethnobotanist and food writer with a clutch of culinary history books under his belt. And he wears his erudition lightly. Although the book is referenced like an academic tome, it reads like a detective story - albeit one with generous pinches of exotic smells and alluring flavours thrown in. Spiced locusts, anyone?" History Today

About Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona. He is the author of several award-winning books, including Where Our Food Comes From, Coming Home to Eat, Gathering the Desert, and Arab/American.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations List of Recipes List of Spice Boxes Introduction: The Origin of "Species" 1. Aromas Emanating from the Driest of Places 2. Caravans Leaving Arabia Felix 3. Uncovering Hidden Outposts in the Desert 4. Omanis Rocking the Cradle of Civilization 5. Mecca and the Migrations of Muslim and Jewish Traders 6. Merging the Spice Routes with the Silk Roads 7. The Flourishing of Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Iberia 8. The Crumbling of Convivencia and the Rise of Transnational Guilds 9. Building Bridges between Continents and Cultures 10. Navigating the Maritime Silk Roads from China to Africa 11. Vasco da Gama Mastering the Game of Globalization 12. Crossing the Drawbridge over the Eastern Ocean Epilogue: Culinary Imperialism and Its Alternatives Acknowledgments Notes Index

Additional information

GOR012391608
9780520267206
0520267206
Cumin, Camels, and Caravans: A Spice Odyssey by Gary Paul Nabhan
Used - Very Good
Hardback
University of California Press
2014-04-07
332
Commended for IACP Crystal Whisk Award (Culinary History) 2015
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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