Around the World in Search of Food, History and the Meaning of Home
by Anya von Bremzen
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Pub Date 7 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 25 Oct 2023
Pushkin Press, ONE
An entertaining and stylish exploration of food and national identity, from an award-winning food writer
'Enchanting, fascinating, thought provoking and humorous' Claudia Roden
In National Dish, acclaimed food writer Anya von Bremzen sets out to investigate the eternal cliché that "we are what we eat". Travelling from Paris to Tokyo, from Seville, Oaxaca and Naples to Istanbul, she investigates the rapid decline of France's pot-au-feu, the misconstrued beginnings of pizza, the meeting of indigenous and European lineages in mole, and the complex legacy of multi-culturalism in a meze potluck.
"Never have we been more cosmopolitan about what we eat - and yet more essentialist, locavore, and particularist." With a witty mix of anecdote and research, Anya von Bremzen reassess the fascinating role that food can play in our cultural heritage, and uncovers how as a nation's political and social identity are called into question, so too is its palate.
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I love food and love food from all countries. This is a book for me! A book where the author has highlighted 6 nationalities and the history of their food.
It is such an interesting book and one that will change your idea of where food and recipes come from and how they become developed into what we know today. It is fascinating, fun to read, very interesting if you love food and the history of it. It is an exploration of food and one that never got boring for me as I just couldn't put it down. I wanted to know more.
A great read, informative, interesting and ever so tasty.
Thank you NetGalley and Pushkin Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.
I love reading about the history of food and this book didn't disappoint, maybe the only way it did disappoint was that there were not enough dishes covered but that might be impossible to do. Anyway, I loved traveling around the world in some of most famous dishes in certain countries and to read about the history behind those dishes.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in food and its history.