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By Gary Paul Nabhan

ISBN-10: 0520267206

ISBN-13: 9780520267206

Gary Paul Nabhan takes the reader on a vibrant and far-ranging trip throughout time and house during this attention-grabbing examine the connection among the spice exchange and culinary imperialism. Drawing on his personal family’s heritage as spice investors, in addition to trip narratives, historic debts, and his services as an ethnobotanist, Nabhan describes the severe roles that Semitic peoples and wasteland floras had in surroundings the degree for globalized spice trade.

Traveling alongside 4 favourite exchange routes—the Silk highway, the Frankincense path, the Spice course, and the Camino actual (for chiles and chocolate)—Nabhan follows the caravans of itinerant spice retailers from the frankincense-gathering grounds and historical harbors of the Arabian Peninsula to the port of Zayton at the China Sea to Santa Fe within the southwest usa. His tales, recipes, and linguistic analyses of cultural diffusion routes display the level to which aromatics comparable to cumin, cinnamon, saffron, and peppers turned followed around the globe as signature components of numerous cuisines. Cumin, Camels, and Caravans demonstrates that specific wasteland cultures usually depicted in consistent conflict—Arabs and Jews—have spent a lot in their historical past participating within the spice exchange and indicates how a extra virtuous multicultural globalized society will be completed within the future.


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