By Stewart Lee Allen

Deliciously equipped via the Seven lethal Sins, here's a scintillating heritage of forbidden meals during the ages—and how those mouth-watering taboos have outlined cultures round the world.

From the lusciously tempting fruit within the backyard of Eden to the divine foie gras, Stewart Lee Allen engagingly illustrates that once a excitement as primal as consuming is criminalized, there's usually an dazzling story to inform. one of the meals notion to motivate Lust, the affection apple (now referred to as the tomato) used to be suggestion to own demonic spirits until eventually the 19th century. The Gluttony “course” invitations the reader to an historical Roman ceremonial dinner the place approximately each dish served—from poppy-crusted rodents to “Trojan Pork”—was thought of against the law opposed to the kingdom. whereas the vice referred to as Sloth introduces the sorrowful tale of “The Lazy Root” (the potato), whose attractiveness in eire led British moralists to say that the nice Famine used to be God’s method of punishing the Irish for consuming a foodstuff that bred degeneracy and idleness.

Filled with extraordinary meals background and the author’s travels to a lot of those unique locales, In the Devil’s Garden additionally positive factors recipes just like the matzo-ball stews outlawed through the Spanish Inquisition and the forbidden “chocolate champagnes” of the Aztecs. this can be actually a tasty ebook that might be ate up by means of foodstuff fans, culinary historians, beginner anthropologists, and armchair tourists alike. Bon appétit!

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