“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