Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice

Marjorie Shaffer

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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“A well-documented companion to Mark Kurlansky’s Salt.”
—Publishers Weekly

Mark Kurlansky’s smash hit Salt exposed the fascinating history of this everyday staple to countless readers around the world. Now, in this perfect companion to Kurlansky’s book, Marjorie Shaffer illuminates the rich history of pepper for a popular audience.

Vivid and entertaining, this sweeping tale of adventure and intrigue describes the essential role that pepper played in bringing both Americans and Europeans to Asia. From the abundance of wildlife on the islands of the Indian Ocean to colorful accounts of sultans entertaining their European visitors, this fascinating book reveals the often surprising story behind one of mankind's most common spices.

In this definitively researched and compelling story, Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice, Shaffer combines history, customs, and food lore to deliver a mesmerizing tale that every foodie will have to own.

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Praise for Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice

“This is more than the story of a spice…Get ready for a sweeping ride through history."
—David Oshinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Polio: An American Story
 
"After reading Marjorie Shaffer's Pepper, you'll reconsider the significance of that grinder or shaker on your dining room table."
—Mark Pendergrast, author of Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World
 
"Pepper was once as critical a commodity as oil. Marjorie Shaffer weaves a delightful history of the Indian Ocean and the South Seas."
—Robert D. Kaplan, author of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power

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Marjorie Shaffer

MARJORIE SHAFFER has written for The New York Times, The Financial Times, and Popular Science magazine. She was a business reporter for Reuters and a former Knight science journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A graduate of Brown University, she received a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a science writer and editor at New York University School of Medicine. She lives in New York City.

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Pepper: A History of the World's Most Influential Spice
Marjorie Shaffer

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
8/5/2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250048660
ISBN10: 1250048664
5 1/16 x 7 15/16 inches, 320 pages, Includes 5 black-and-white maps plus one 8-page color photograph insert
$16.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312569891
ISBN10: 0312569890
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes 5 black-and-white maps plus one 8-page color photograph insert
$26.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250021007
ISBN10: 1250021006
320 pages
$12.99
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