The Secret History of Food: Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat

The Secret History of Food: Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat

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An entertaining look at the little-known history surrounding the foods we know and love. Is Italian olive oil really Italian, or are we dipping our bread in lamp oil? Why are we masochistically drawn to foods that can hurt us, like hot peppers? Far from being a classic American dish, is apple pie actually . . . English?

“As a species, we’re hardwired to obsess over food,” Matt Siegel explains as he sets out “to uncover the hidden side of everything we put in our mouths.” Siegel also probes subjects ranging from the myths—and realities—of food as aphrodisiac, to how one of the rarest and most exotic spices in all the world (vanilla) became a synonym for uninspired sexual proclivities, to the role of food in fairy- and morality tales.

Title:The Secret History of Food: Strange but True Stories About the Origins of Everything We Eat
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062973214
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  • Petra mostly on hiatus in hospital in Mexico

    Review This book is an absolute mish-mash of facts that look like a team of researchers found in books and on the internet when given the brief of finding anything that wasn't common knowledge about f...

  • Julie

    The Secret History of Food by Matt Siegal is a 2021 Ecco publication. This is a fun look at the history of some our most common- and beloved foods- such as apple pie, for example. The book takes what ...

  • Jenna

    I love books that are so full of facts I have to keep pausing my reading to interrupt share these fun facts with my partner (to her probable annoyance at times). The Secret History of Food is one such...

  • Diane S ?

    Chock full of intriguing facts and information about many of the common foods we eat. The history, changing faces of how they were used, where they came from and much more. Honey, corn, vanilla, and i...

  • Suzanne

    I didn’t finish this book as the beginning consists of the author quoting copiously from books and studies full of asshole comments. Is it not enough to say “this book was very racist” or “thi...

  • Alicia Bayer

    Interesting, fun and well written. This is the sort of nonfiction that's quite entertaining, and it seems well researched. I was surprised to reach the end when I was just over halfway through the boo...

  • K. East

    I've never said this, ever, about any of the 1138 books I've read and reviewed on Goodreads, but this book was a completely annoying waste of my time. I almost abandoned it half way through but felt I...

  • Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Secret History of Food. This is a fascinating, amusing, and, yes, horrifying book where the author discusses some of the most popular foods in American cult...

  • OutlawPoet

    Well, I want pie. But I want American-Style pie, not the pie of old Europe. I am also now somewhat uncomforable eating bread in public - because now I know….The Secret History of Food is just plain ...

  • Rennie

    Highly entertaining but awfully ambitious re: “everything we eat” in such a short book. If you’re ok with no overarching thesis or uniting idea and what feels like a loose collection of (albeit ...