How Carrots Won the Trojan War

Author: Rebecca Rupp

Publisher: Storey Publishing


Category: Gardening

Page: 384

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Discover why Roman gladiators were massaged with onion juice before battle, how celery contributed to Casanova’s conquests, how peas almost poisoned General Washington, and why some seventeenth-century turnips were considered degenerate. Rebecca Rupp tells the strange and fascinating history of 23 of the world’s most popular vegetables. Gardeners, foodies, history buffs, and anyone who wants to know the secret stories concealed in a salad are sure to enjoy this delightful and informative collection.

The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat

Author: Joel S. Denker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield


Category: Cooking

Page: 328

View: 585

How many otherwise well-educated readers know that the familiar orange carrot was once a novelty? It is a little more than 400 years old. Domesticated in Afghanistan in 900 AD, the purple carrot, in fact, was the dominant variety until Dutch gardeners bred the young upstart in the seventeenth century. After surveying paintings from this era in the Louvre and other museums, Dutch agronomist Otto Banga discovered this stunning transformation. The story of the carrot is just one of the hidden tales this book recounts. Through portraits of a wide range of foods we eat and love, from artichokes to strawberries, The Carrot Purple traces the path of foods from obscurity to familiarity. Joel Denker explores how these edible plants were, in diverse settings, invested with new meaning. They acquired not only culinary significance but also ceremonial, medicinal, and economic importance. Foods were variously savored, revered, and reviled. This entertaining history will enhance the reader’s appreciation of a wide array of foods we take for granted. From the carrot to the cabbage, from cinnamon to coffee, from the peanut to the pistachio, the plants, beans, nuts, and spices we eat have little-known stories that are unearthed and served here with relish.
Juvenile Nonfiction

Everything You Never Learned about Birds

Author: Rebecca Rupp

Publisher: Pownal, Vt. : Storey Communications


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 138

View: 225

Describes the life cycle of birds, looks at avian behavior, and discusses a variety of species

The Donkey, the Carrot, and the Club

Author: Michael Cassella-Blackburn

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: History

Page: 287

View: 434

Uses a prominent figure in Soviet-American relations to explain the successes and failures of diplomacy in a crucial historical era.

A Companion to Greek and Roman Political Thought

Author: Ryan K. Balot

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons


Category: History

Page: 688

View: 986

Comprises 34 essays from leading scholars in history, classics, philosophy, and political science to illuminate Greek and Roman political thought in all its diversity and depth. Offers a broad survey of ancient political thought from Archaic Greece through Late Antiquity Approaches ancient political philosophy from both a normative and historical focus Examines Greek and Roman political thought within historical context and contemporary debate Explores the role of ancient political thought in a range of philosophies, such as the individual and community, human rights, religion, and cosmopolitanism

The Barnes & Noble Guide to Children's Books

Author: John Freeman



Category: Children

Page: 270

View: 995

Highlights baby books, preschool and picture books, poetry and anthologies, early readers, fiction, special needs, award winners, and titles appropriate for toddlers. A section on how to use the internet to look for children's books is also included.