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by Elizabeth Abbott

Category: Cooking Education and Reference
Subcategory: Food and Cooking
Author: Elizabeth Abbott
ISBN: 159020297X
ISBN13: 978-1590202975
Language: English
Publisher: Overlook Books; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
Pages: 464
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The book explores the hidden stories behind this sweet product.

A History of Mistresses, 2003. Sugar: A Bittersweet History, 2008. Elizabeth Abbot's third book in her trilogy on the history of relationships examines various rituals of courting, nuptials, marriage, sex, child-raising and divorce. A History of Marriage, 2010. Haiti: A Shattered Nation, 2011. A History of Mistresses. Elizabeth Abbott's 2003 book examines the large, and often underground history of mistresses. Elizabeth Abbot's third book in her trilogy on the history of relationships examines various rituals of courting, nuptials, marriage, sex, child-raising and divorce Seven Stories Press reprinted A History of Marriage in paperback in August 2015.

Elizabeth Abbott's "bittersweet history" is a worthy addition to this pantheon. This is a highly readable and comprehensive study of a remarkable product. The sugar-cane crop is indigenous to the South Pacific, where it had a starring role in the creationist myths of that region. It was introduced to Europe by returning Crusaders between the 10th and 13th centuries, and became a costly rarity used as a spice and a medicine.

In Sugar: A Bittersweet History, her thorough, workmanlike new study, Elizabeth Abbott reminds us that this has been true for centuries

In Sugar: A Bittersweet History, her thorough, workmanlike new study, Elizabeth Abbott reminds us that this has been true for centuries. A hundred years before Pushkin described ecstasy as a glassful of tea and a piece of sugar in the mouth, the demands of the sugar economy had ripped apart African communities and forced slaves across the Atlantic to work sugar cane plantations.

Sugar: A Bittersweet History offers a perceptive and provocative investigatio. Elizabeth Abbott has written a book that covers not only the history and background of our most alluring everyday substance, but has documented the impact it has had on the world economy, even today. Most fascinating of all, is the way she has delved into the implications sugar has had on slavery and indentureship. In her skillful literary hands, sugar emerges as an iniquitous and sometimes evil cause that has provoked many of the world's conflicts and social inequity.

Sugar: A Bittersweet History tells the extraordinary, dramatic and thought-provoking story of this most commonplace of products from its very origins to the present day. Elizabeth Abbott examines how and in what quantities we still consume sugar; its role in the crisis of obesity an. . Elizabeth Abbott examines how and in what quantities we still consume sugar; its role in the crisis of obesity and diabetes; how its cultivation continues to affect the environment; and how coerced labour continues in so many sugar-producing nations.

Sugar : a bittersweet history. by. Abbott, Elizabeth. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Oliver Wendell Holmes Library. Haiti: A Shattered Nation.

The story of sugar is the story of slavery. More so than before for those who have read Elizabeth Abbott’s Sugar: A Bittersweet History. The Congo was probably not the biggest source of slaves for the Caribbean and South America. The eastern Congo, especially, was on the Indian Ocean slave route. Before you go check and yell at me for not restricting my writing to things that happened during the last five minutes, I’ll admit that the book came out in 2010 and I’ve only just now noticed it. I was focusing on other things, I promise. I am probably going to work this into this week’s lecture in Intro to Archaeology.

The book explores the hidden stories behind this sweet product, revealing how powerful American interests deposed Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii, how Hitler tried to ensure a steady supply of beet sugar when enemies threatened to cut off Germany's supply of overseas cane sugar, and how South Africa established a domestic ethanol industry in the wake of anti-apartheid sugar embargos.

Sugar: A Bittersweet History is a compelling and surprising look at the sweet commodity, from how it Africanized the cane fields of the Caribbean to how it fuelled the Industrial Revolution and jumpstarted the fast- food revolution. The book explores the hidden stories behind this sweet product, revealing how powerful American interests deposed Queen Lili¹uokalani of Hawaii, how Hitler tried to ensure a steady supply of beet sugar when enemies threatened to cut off Germany¹s supply of overseas cane sugar, and how South Africa established a domestic ethanol industry in the wake of anti-apartheid sugar embargos. The book follows the history of sugar to the present day, showing how sugar made eating on the run socially acceptable and played an integral role in today¹s fast food culture and obesity epidemic. Impressively researched and commandingly written, Sugar will forever change perceptions of this sweet treat.
Comments to eBook Sugar: A Bittersweet History
Hamrl
Great book. This is the story of human beings: how we have evolved, progressed, become genius, and also how we have destroyed, gotten greedy and perverse, all of this based on a simple food ingredient. As money, sugar has played a similar role in our evolution.
Priotian
A truly exhaustive treatment, from botany to plant migration to consumption habits to transatlanticsave trae and sugar plantation economies and society to corporate marketing and nutrition implications.
Trash
The history of sugar and its appalling connection with slavery worldwide is vividly brought to life in this meticulously researched book. You can really connect with the lives of the oppressed sugar workers over the last century or two. This is not a dry history, but a gripping picture of the world of the sugar plantation and how government policies and business lobbying affected producers and consumers worldwide.. Times may have changed but the story still resonates with today's world when you see the effects of a greedy, self righteous business culture whch considered money as more important than people's lives and welfare. Although she doesn't elaborate this in the book, it gives us pause for thought about how we conduct business in today's world.
Porgisk
The book is incredibly well researched and we'll written. "Sugar" tells the story of how this sweet thing has enslaved so many in the past enabling personal fortunes to be built. Highly recommend.
Gavirim
Excellent book.
Quphagie
This book went into depths that modern day food books can only aspire to achieve. The historical aspect, the global nature delivered a comprehensive understanding to the reader.
Nuadora
Very informative book
the good author has lots of interesting information - but I was hoping for more about sugar. I've been more than half-way through for a long time - but haven't ever gotten excited enough to finish the book. I feel that it is 75% about slavery and only 25% about sugar - and so should more appropriately be titled "slaves & sugar".... I got bogged down in depressing recitations of bad treatment by the masters of the slaves. Which is rather like reading again and again about holocaust death camps. I can't say anything good about what happened in either case, but the repetition gets rather depressing.... The lessons of the past should help build better futures and not be a place to dwell on why all today's problems are the result of someone else's evil acts....
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