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The Taste of Empire

How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World

by Lizzie Collingham

Hardcover, 408 pages, Basic Books, List Price: $32 |

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The Taste of Empire
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How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World
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Lizzie Collingham

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An acclaimed historian explores 450 years of food history to describe how the British Empire's quest for tasty nourishment changed the world, including how Africans taught Americans how to grow rice and how the East India Company turned opium into tea. 20,000 first printing.