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The Book of Spice: From Anise to Zedoary Paperback – 3 November 2016

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd; Main edition (November 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781253056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781253052
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
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An extensive compendium of spices ... meticulously researched and surprising ... This book is peppered with interested stories, making it a must-read for anyone fascinated by flavour. * Jamie Magazine * The Book of Spice will lift your heart, mind and taste-buds. John O'Connell's friendly yet authoritative voice delivers a fine work of history, geography, politics and "gastronomic empathy". This masterful A to Z of flavours charts human conflict and ultimate interconnectedness from the middle ages to the early twenty-first century. -- Shami Chakrabarti Witty and beautifully observed * Daily Mail * Fascinating and minutely researched -- Tony Turnbull * The Times * Shamelessly endearing -- Zoe Williams * Guardian * Praise for John O'Connell: 'Clever, atmospheric and elegant * The Times * More than just culinary reference, this book delves into the rich history of spices and how they've helped shape the modern world. O'Connell's easy charm and flair for narrative make for an entertaining look at the seeds, roots, barks, and other plant components that today we look on as everyday flavourings but at one time started wars and launched explorers. For curious cooks, it's a good resource and a fine read. * Booklist *

About the Author

John O'Connell lived on spaghetti bolognese and Birds Eye Steakhouse Grills until the mid 1990s, when he moved to London and discovered that, actually, there was a lot of other food out there and maybe it would be a good idea to try some of it? He worked for many years at the listings magazine Time Out, where somehow he persuaded the editor to buy a whole cow so that he could chronicle, in a weekly column, the experience of butchering and cooking it. He was made redundant shortly afterwards. He is the author of several books including I Told You I Was Ill: Adventures in Hypochondria and the novella The Baskerville Legacy. He writes regularly for The Times and Guardian and lives in south London. His favourite spice is cumin.

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