Una storia commestibile dell'umanità

Una storia commestibile dell umanit Nel corso dei secoli il cibo ha rappresentato per l uomo molto pi che un semplice mezzo di sostentamento stato di volta in volta la causa di cambiamenti epocali l agricoltura di fatto l invenzione uma

  • Title: Una storia commestibile dell'umanità
  • Author: Tom Standage Susanna Bourlot
  • ISBN: 9788875781408
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nel corso dei secoli il cibo ha rappresentato per l uomo molto pi che un semplice mezzo di sostentamento stato di volta in volta la causa di cambiamenti epocali l agricoltura di fatto l invenzione umana che ha permesso la nascita della civilt moderna , strumento di potere, apripista delle prime reti commerciali globali, collante tra le societ , arma ideologica e caNel corso dei secoli il cibo ha rappresentato per l uomo molto pi che un semplice mezzo di sostentamento stato di volta in volta la causa di cambiamenti epocali l agricoltura di fatto l invenzione umana che ha permesso la nascita della civilt moderna , strumento di potere, apripista delle prime reti commerciali globali, collante tra le societ , arma ideologica e causa di conflitti La sua influenza sulla storia mondiale pu essere paragonata, scrive Tom Standage, a una forchetta invisibile che ha pungolato l umanit , segnandone e cambiandone talvolta il destino Un impatto storico e sociale che ancora oggi non smette di far sentire il suo peso L osservatorio privilegiato di Tom Standage offre infatti nuove prospettive e nuovi scorci sui nostri tempi, e permette di affrontare con occhio diverso temi attuali e caldissimi come la crisi alimentare, le cause e gli effetti del vertiginoso sviluppo demografico del XX secolo, l uso delle colture per ottenere biocarburanti, i tanto discussi OGM e la nascita del movimento alimentare locale.

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    1. The blurb summarizes this book perfectly. Tom Standage can be relied upon to do comprehensive research for his non-fiction books. This book explains the history of mass-produced food, sedentism, the disappearance of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle, the use of food as weapons, or forms of power, from the earliest records available throughout the world. The period spans from thousands of years before Christ until now. The establishment of civilizations occurred when humans reconfigured, or modified [...]

    2. I didn't keep notes throughout this book, but I should have. Standage did a great job showing various trends throughout history which made the last quarter about current times make far more sense. This is a high level look at food in general, some specific species & populations, but still distant. That was good for the purposes of the book, but I hope readers think about what these distant descriptions mean in reality.Malnutrition leading to infant mortality, shorter stature, & susceptib [...]

    3. I'll start by admitting that I gave up on this piece of trash half way through the audiobook. After 5 hours of horrid narration I did not hear a single fact that was news to me, nor even an interesting interpretation of known facts. The writing is disjointed, and meaningless extra words and phrases are thrown in so that the whole thing comes across as a first year history student's lazy attempt to meet the word count requirements for his assignment. The author also editorializes in random, bizar [...]

    4. This book SUCKS. How do you give an "edible history of humanity" without talking in-depth about SLAVERY. and THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN FOOD PRODUCTION. that was my first reaction. It would be more accurate if he called the book, "An Edible History of European Humanity: The Only Humanity Worth Noting" or "An Edible Ignorance of the Dehumanization of Most of Humanity." The only time he tries to speak for the lower classes is when he's railing against communism. I also noted very early on that Standag [...]

    5. Standage looks at food from a geopolitical, anthropological and ethical point of view. The book is mainly about how food and agriculture have changed and keep changing history and development of humankind.I didn’t find absolutely everything of interest to me there- for example, I have read about spices and their role in the progress of mankind a countless number of times by now. But there was enough other information to make it for a worthwhile read.Here are some tidbits of what I found intere [...]

    6. An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage"An Edible History of Humanity" is the interesting history of the world through the transformative role of food. Science correspondent and accomplished author Tom Standage follows up his best-seller "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" with another appealing book but this time it's about the intersections between food history and world history. This informative 288-page book is broken out by the following six parts: 1. The Edible Foundations of Civil [...]

    7. This book isn't really about eating food. It's not about tasting food or cooking food. An Edible History of Humanity is about food's place in world history - the roles it has filled, the drama that has sometimes surrounded it and the absolute necessity for our world to deal with it on a daily basis.We start at the beginning, learning about hunter-gatherers and the transition to more farming-based agriculture. Food is discussed as a major reason why the world started being explored by countries t [...]

    8. No, it's not comprehensive - as the intro states, it selectively covers pivotal intersections.Yes, it does indeed talk about slavery.No, though it was published in 2009, much of it was clearly written a decade or more earlier, with only some 'new' information.Some interpretations & conclusions are problematic, a few are just wrong.Mostly it's engaging, interesting, but insufficient. 3.5 stars because I'm glad I read it and do recommend it to those of you interested, but rounded down because [...]

    9. An interesting look at food and history. From prehistoric times, to how farming lead to the rise of cities and social hierachies, to the desire for spices leading to exploration, to the Berlin food drops. This book is a snapshot of the effects that food, both shortages and surpluses, have on human history.A fascinating read for anyone interested in social history. Or food. Or both.

    10. A book about how the foods people eat have affected the development of human civilization. There aren't really any new ideas here, and compared to a book such as Charles Mann's "1493", for instance- about the exchange of species between the Old World and the New, and its sometimes catastrophic effects- Standage's effort is rather lightweight. The book is not nearly comprehensive; the author focuses mainly on the development of the major cereal grains (maize, wheat, rice), plus potatoes and spice [...]

    11. Well, it’s hard for me to rate and review this book. And, I did read it when I was having a hard time reading and was probably more in the mood for a good novel. But I love this subject matter. I’ve read other history of foodstuffs books and I am fascinated.This book felt confusing because on the one hand it seemed to try to be comprehensive, a complete history up to a possible future, yet so much was left out. The information that was provided was for the most part fascinating (and I did le [...]

    12. Standage, who is the business editor at the Economist, has done a credible job of surveying the influence of food on human history. His overview of theories on the origin of agriculture is a bit light, but his treatment of improved methods of food production as a technological breakthrough that directly assisted industrialization is interesting. Also interesting is his analysis of the spice trade and the Columbian exchange. It is in his writing about the green revolution, biotechnology, organic [...]

    13. This is really a history book showing how food in general has shaped world history. This is one of those rare books that presents facts many would have learned in school and showing connections that you did not realize were there. This book changed my view of some key events in European history. This book is deceiving in that it promotes deep thinking about certain events. The book is a bit rambling in places and that led me to only give 4 stars.

    14. I won this book on GoodReads!At the risk of never again winning a book on GoodReads, I can not, in good conscience, recommend this book to anyone.Aside from being poorly written, this book annoyed me to the point of wanting to put it through the shredder and dump it into my compost pile, to later use in my pesticide-free garden.Apparently, the answer to the problem of industrialized food problems, food crisis, and overpopulation, is to create more debt for farmers, create more and "better" genet [...]

    15. Interesting, but not mind blowing. The first half of the book felt like very familiar ground--not much that you wouldn't find in a Michael Pollan book or in your middle school history classes. The section on spices was better, but it wasn't until the section on food as a weapon that I found myself really intrigued. That section covers a lot of things I felt I SHOULD have already known, but didn't, and I was pretty horrified by it. I'd never actually read a book that traced major changes in human [...]

    16. I've learned a lot of variations of history but never encountered one through a food lense. It's a very objective and straightforward layout of food history and how it shaped human history. It might be too straighforward for some and therefore upsetting. But you just have to digest all this information. Anyway, it definitely broadened my horizons and you don't have to agree with the author but it's a valuable information.

    17. It's an interesting book, but definitely nothing I haven't read in other books about food history. And after reading the amazing piece of work that is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, this one felt lackluster. And I know there is a lot of debate on Standage's claim that genetically modified food is the way of the future. For me, the thesis chapter felt out of place when the rest of the book relied on historical context.

    18. I won this book as a First Reads Give Away. An Edible History of Humanity was an intriguing title. For me it held the promise of using food as a way of approaching world history. I thought of other books which have used salt, or some other seemingly mundane item, to provide a different perspective of human connections, exchanges, and developments. While the author of this book may have had a similar goal, his approach is so general and over reaching, that his analysis holds very little substance [...]

    19. An Edible History of Humanity was sort of entertaining, as it contains lots of colorful anecdotes, but much of it felt like a less substantive (and very derivative) version of Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemna (cf the discussion of corn). Moreover, I came away feeling like behind his pseudo-intellectualism, Standage is either really ignorant, or sort of a schmuck. His political beliefs, when they show through, are disturbing.For example, Standage describes several instances of famines in which the nat [...]

    20. This is not a bad book, merely an unnecessary one. Standage must have realized this, as he begins with a justification for the book. While it is true that this book provides a broader historical treatment of agriculture than anything I have read before, most of the material is familiar. Nor do we get a radical new interpretation of food; Standage starts with the conventional wisdom that agriculture is the basis of civilization and ends with a call for a new green revolution. As I said, it's not [...]

    21. Tom Standage’s AN EDIBLE HISTORY OF HUMANITY is exactly that--it is a digestible broad account of humanity through the scope of food. The book is broken up into sections that explain how time and again food changed the face of humanity. For example food is credited with civilization, exploration, and industrialization. Since humans have to eat, this book not only explores the evolution of food, but also how food helped evolve culture. Standage is particularly apt at explaining terms, and theor [...]

    22. This book is a survey of human history from the vantage point of our relationship with food, and covers a broad span of time, from the beginnings of agriculture to modern debates around food such as genetically modified organisms and local eating.Most fascinating to me were some of the connections between a degradation of health (as seen in the archaelogical record) when humans began settling into communities and depending on farmed foods rather than the hunter/gatherer procurement strategies, a [...]

    23. I really liked this one. I highly recommend it to anyone, and especially to anyone with a highly polarized view of issues like GMOs, organic farming, and chemical fertilization. I don't expect it to sway anyone's opinion dramatically, but it's a good reminder of how none of these issues are simple. I felt that Standage did an excellent job of presenting the facts and theories, without pushing a political agenda, and without using the sensationalist language that usually surround such heavy topic [...]

    24. Not a bad read, but not really to my tastes. This is very much macrohistory, since it attempts to cover the entire history of humanity through food in just under 250 pages. My tastes in history books usually runs towards microhistory. (Other topics I've enjoyed reading histories of: gin, curry, milk, the color blue, and striped cloth.) Basically, the author tries to cover huge spans of time with a few sweeping statements, over and over. There's no other way to write what he intended, though. If [...]

    25. This was an ideal book for me to read: Discussions of food, world history, and real-world sciences. The writing is clear, chronological, and comprehensive. It is imperative that anyone who is unsure, ignorant, or afraid of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) read this book cover to cover, to truly understand the biochemical impact agriculture had on this earth for thousands of years all in the name of humanity's survival. It's not organic OR GMOs; it must be the most scientifically supported a [...]

    26. A very engaging yet educational sweep of history through the lens of food. The balance of power has often been based on a simple access to basic foods, and this remains true today. The author is an editor of the Economist and keeps the big picture in mind while enthralling us with many historical anecdotes. Similar to his other work " A History of the World in 6 glasses" which looks at history through the lens of 6 drinks and equally recommended!

    27. Food is, hands-down, one of my favorite topics. I love eating food, and I also love cooking it - as long as I don't have to stand over spattering oil, of course. As a child I was a very picky eater, but over the years I've gotten rid of that habit, and when I go out with my friends and family nowadays I'm more open to trying things out than I was before. I'm also a firm believer in the idea that one of the fastest ways to understand a culture is to understand - and eat - their food.Filipino food [...]

    28. A good overview of the importance of food throughout history - it's a decent look over more recent food history as well as ancient, and thus brevity is occasionally utilized when more in-depth approach would be desirable.

    29. After an engaging opening that recounts the gradual co-evolution of man and maize - something that I, like many, had read before but was nonetheless interested in reading again as a first step into Standage's book - I was a bit let down by the first chapter. And things just kept rolling down hill from there. While I appreciate the unique lens the author was attempting to view history through, the book has severe problems. Chief among them is Standage’s adoption of the very simple, often reduct [...]

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