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Cumin, Camels, and Caravans

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Gary Paul Nabhan takes the reader on a vivid and far-ranging journey across time and space in this fascinating look at the relatio... Weiterlesen
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Gary Paul Nabhan takes the reader on a vivid and far-ranging journey across time and space in this fascinating look at the relationship between the spice trade and culinary imperialism. Drawing on his own family's history as spice traders, as well as travel narratives, historical accounts, and his expertise as an ethnobotanist, Nabhan describes the critical roles that Semitic peoples and desert floras had in setting the stage for globalized spice trade. Traveling along four prominent trade routes-the Silk Road, the Frankincense Trail, the Spice Route, and the Camino Real (for chiles and chocolate)-Nabhan follows the caravans of itinerant spice merchants from the frankincense-gathering grounds and ancient harbors of the Arabian Peninsula to the port of Zayton on the China Sea to Santa Fe in the southwest United States. His stories, recipes, and linguistic analyses of cultural diffusion routes reveal the extent to which aromatics such as cumin, cinnamon, saffron, and peppers became adopted worldwide as signature ingredients of diverse cuisines. Cumin, Camels, and Caravans demonstrates that two particular desert cultures often depicted in constant conflict-Arabs and Jews-have spent much of their history collaborating in the spice trade and suggests how a more virtuous multicultural globalized society may be achieved in the future.


Gary Paul Nabhan is an Ecumenical Franciscan Brother, MacArthur "genius" award winner, and ethnobotanist of Arab-American descent. His food and farming books include Food from the Radical Center, Where Our Food Comes From, and the forthcoming Jesus for Farmers and Fishers.


List of Illustrations
List of Recipes
List of Spice Boxes

Introduction: The Origin of "Species"
1. Aromas Emanating from the Driest of Places
2. Caravans Leaving Arabia Felix
3. Uncovering Hidden Outposts in the Desert
4. Omanis Rocking the Cradle of Civilization
5. Mecca and the Migrations of Muslim and Jewish Traders
6. Merging the Spice Routes with the Silk Roads
7. The Flourishing of Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Iberia
8. The Crumbling of Convivencia and the Rise of Transnational Guilds
9. Building Bridges between Continents and Cultures
10. Navigating the Maritime Silk Roads from China to Africa
11. Vasco da Gama Mastering the Game of Globalization
12. Crossing the Drawbridge over the Eastern Ocean

Epilogue: Culinary Imperialism and Its Alternatives


Titel: Cumin, Camels, and Caravans
Untertitel: A Spice Odyssey
EAN: 9780520956957
ISBN: 978-0-520-95695-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: University of California Press
Genre: Essen & Trinken
Anzahl Seiten: 332
Veröffentlichung: 07.04.2014
Jahr: 2014
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 11.1 MB
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