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The Devil's Cup
A History of the World According to Coffee
Written by Stewart Lee Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-44149-2 (0-345-44149-4)

In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? From the cliffhanging villages of Southern Yemen... Read more >

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In the Devil's Garden
A Sinful History of Forbidden Food
Written by Stewart Lee Allen


Format: Trade Paperback, 354 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44016-7 (0-345-44016-1)

From the tempting fruit in the Garden of Eden to the divine foie gras, here is a look at forbidden foods that have defined cultures around the world. Matching each of these taboo dishes to one of the Seven Deadly Sins, author Stewart Lee Allen illustrates that when a pleasure as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hallelujah! The Welcome Table
A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes
Written by Maya Angelou


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7485-0 (0-8129-7485-9)

Throughout Maya Angelou’s life, from her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas, to her world travels as a bestselling writer, good food has played a central role. Preparing and enjoying homemade meals provides a sense of purpose and calm, accomplishment and connection. Now in Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, Angelou shares memories pithy and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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All You Can Eat
How Hungry is America?
Written by Joel Berg


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 4, 2008
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-854-8 (1-58322-854-3)

With the biting wit of Supersize Me and the passion of a lifelong activist, Joel Berg has his eye on the growing number of people who are forced to wait on lines at food pantries across the nation–the modern breadline. All You Can Eat reveals that hunger is a problem as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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White Bread
A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf
Written by Aaron Bobrow-Strain


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4478-0 (0-8070-4478-4)

How did white bread, once an icon of American progress, become “white trash”? In this lively history of bakers, dietary crusaders, and social reformers, Aaron Bobrow-Strain shows us that what we think about the humble, puffy loaf says a lot about who we are and what we want our society to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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White Bread
A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf
Written by Aaron Bobrow-Strain


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4467-4 (0-8070-4467-9)

What can the history of America’s one-hundred-year love-hate relationship with sliced white bread tell us about contemporary efforts to change the way we eat? Fluffy industrial loaves are about as far from slow, local, and organic as you can get, but the story of social reformers, food experts, and diet gurus... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Physiology of Taste
or Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy
Written by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Translated by M.F.K. Fisher


Format: Hardcover, 504 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26972-0 (0-307-26972-8)

A culinary classic on the joys of the table—written by the gourmand who so famously stated, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are”—in a handsome new edition of M. F. K. Fisher’s distinguished translation and with a new introduction by Bill Buford.

First published in France... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Feed Me!
Writers Dish About Food, Eating, Weight, and Body Image
Written by Harriet Brown


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 27, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-50088-5 (0-345-50088-1)

Food inspires pleasure and anxiety, shame and obsession. We are constantly judged on how we look, so we’ve come to judge ourselves (and others) on what and how we eat.

These evocative essays, from some of the most talented and popular writers working today, tackle this universal subject with humor, longing, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Fasting Girls
The History of Anorexia Nervosa
Written by Joan Jacobs Brumberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72448-0 (0-375-72448-6)

Winner of The Berkshire Prize in History, The John Hope Franklin Prize for American Studies, The Basker Memorial Prize for Medical Anthropology and The Watson Davis Prize for History of Science


This updated edition of Joan Jacobs Brumberg's Fasting Girls, presents a history of women's food-refusal dating back as far as the... Read more >

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Letters from the Hive
An Intimate History of Bees, Honey, and Humankind
Written by Stephen Buchmann and Banning Repplier


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 30, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38266-2 (0-553-38266-7)

They work hard, are devoted to family, love sex, and know the importance of a good piece of real estate. Honey bees, and the daily workings of their close-knit colonies, are one of nature's great miracles. And they produce one of nature's greatest edible bounties: honey. More than just a palate... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Heat
An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany
Written by Bill Buford


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 26, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3447-5 (1-4000-3447-7)

A highly acclaimed writer and editor, Bill Buford left his job at The New Yorker for a most unlikely destination: the kitchen at Babbo, the revolutionary Italian restaurant created and ruled by superstar chef Mario Batali.

Finally realizing a long-held desire to learn first-hand the experience of restaurant cooking, Buford soon... Read more >

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The Secret Language of Eating Disorders
How You Can Understand and Work to Cure Anorexia and Bulimia
Written by Peggy Claude-Pierre


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75018-2 (0-375-75018-5)

Acclaim for Peggy Claude-Pierre's
The Secret Language of Eating Disorders

"Peggy Claude-Pierre has gone beyond the surface of eating disorders to discover their true causes and then present a valid and healing path. In this extremely constructive book, she offers incredible insights into the mind of the sufferer and the myths of... Read more >

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Home Cooking
A Writer in the Kitchen
Written by Laurie Colwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47441-4 (0-307-47441-0)

Weaving together memories, recipes, and wild tales of years spent in the kitchen, Home Cooking is Laurie Colwin’s manifesto on the joys of sharing food and entertaining. From the humble hotplate of her one-room apartment to the crowded kitchens of bustling parties, Colwin regales us with tales of meals gone both... Read more >

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And a Bottle of Rum
A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails
Written by Wayne Curtis


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: June 5, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-33862-4 (0-307-33862-2)

And a Bottle of Rum tells the story of America as seen through the bottom of a drinking glass. With a chapter for each of ten cocktails—from the grog sailors drank on the high seas in the 1700s to the mojitos of modern club hoppers—Wayne Curtis reveals that the homely spirit... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What the World Eats

Written by Faith D'Aluisio
Photographed by Peter Menzel


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Tricycle Press
On Sale: August 1, 2008
Price: $22.99
ISBN: 978-1-58246-246-2 (1-58246-246-1)

Sitting down to a daily family meal has long been a tradition for billions of people. But in every corner of the world this age-old custom is rapidly changing. From increased trade between countries to the expansion of global food corporations like Kraft and NestlŽ, current events are having a tremendous... Read more >

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Gene Wars
The Politics of Biotechnology
Written by Kristin Dawkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 3, 2002
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-420-5 (1-58322-420-3)

Despite technological advances, an alarming number of people in the world go hungry. Even more chilling is the fact that in the future that number will likely increase. In this book, Kristin Dawkins discusses the international policies that are shaping this future, including those that govern the genetic engineering of plants... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eating

Written by Jason Epstein


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7825-7 (1-4000-7825-3)

Jason Epstein, legendary publisher of Norman Mailer and Vladimir Nabokov, editor of such great chefs and bakers as Alice Waters and Wolfgang Puck, takes us on a culinary tour through his eventful life.

From the great restaurants of postwar Paris to the narrow streets of New York’s Chinatown today; from a New... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Like Water for Chocolate
A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies
Written by Laura Esquivel


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-42017-4 (0-385-42017-X)

Set in turn-of-the-century Mexico, this romantic, earthy, and poignant story, touched with bittersweet moments of magic and sensuality, celebrates food and passion. As the youngest daughter in a traditional Mexican family led by a tyrannical rancher, Tita de la Garza is bound by tradition to remain unmarried so that she can... Read more >

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Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity

Edited by Pablo B. Eyzaguirre and Olga F. Linares


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-288-1 (1-58834-288-3)

Focusing on peoples throughout the tropical world, and including case studies from Cuba, Ethiopia, Ghana, Venezuela, and Vietnam, Home Gardens and Agrobiodiversity explains how both rural and urban households manage home garden diversity in ways that enable them to cope with change, and adapt their crops to new situations.

After introducing theoretical... Read more >

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Kosher Nation
Why More and More of America's Food Answers to a Higher Authority
Written by Sue Fishkoff


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: October 12, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4265-2 (0-8052-4265-1)

Kosher? That means the rabbi blessed it, right? Not exactly. In this captivating account of a Bible-based practice that has grown into a multibillions-dollar industry, journalist Sue Fishkoff travels throughout America and to Shanghai, China, to find out who eats kosher food, who produces it, who is responsible for its certification... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The One-Straw Revolution
An Introduction to Natural Farming
Written by Masanobu Fukuoka
Preface by Wendell Berry
Afterword by Masanobu Fukuoka
Translated by Larry Korn
Introduction by Frances Moore Lappe


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: June 2, 2009
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-313-8 (1-59017-313-9)

Call it “Zen and the Art of Farming” or a “Little Green Book,” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Table Comes First
Family, France, and the Meaning of Food
Written by Adam Gopnik


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47696-8 (0-307-47696-0)

From the author of Paris to the Moon, a beguiling tour of the morals and manners of our present food mania, in search of eating’s deeper truths.

Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing. With our top chefs as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Eating in the Dark
America's Experiment with Genetically Engineered Food
Written by Kathleen Hart


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72498-5 (0-375-72498-2)

Most Americans eat genetically modified food on a daily basis, but few of us are aware we’re eating something that has been altered. Meanwhile, consumers abroad refuse to buy our engineered crops; their groceries are labeled so that everyone knows if the contents have been modified. What’s going on here? Why... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies
Freeing Yourself from Food and Weight Obsession
Written by Jane R. Hirschmann


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: December 30, 1996
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-91058-0 (0-449-91058-X)

"Will empower all women to stop believing that our bodies are the problems, dieting the solution." —Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger

In this revolutionary new book, bestselling authors Carol Munter and Jane Hirschmann explore the myriad reasons why women cling to diets despite overwhelming evidence that diets don't... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
My Adventures in Life and Food
Written by Moira Hodgson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1271-6 (0-7679-1271-3)

The daughter of a British Foreign Service officer, Moira Hodgson spent her childhood in many a strange and exotic land. She discovered American food in Saigon, ate wild boar in Berlin, and learned how to prepare potatoes from her eccentric Irish grandmother. Today, Hodgson has a well-deserved reputation as a discerning... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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