Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China
E. N. Anderson
"This is a marvelous book, a long-view description of China's basic geography, the advantages and constraints imposed by climate and terrain, human conservation and despoliation of the natural environment, and the effect of all of these on food customs."—Paul Freedman, Yale UniversityChinese food is one of the most recognizable and widely consumed cuisines in the world. Almost no town on earth is without a Chinese restaurant of some kind, and Chinese canned, frozen, and preserved foods are available in shops from Nairobi to Quito. But the particulars of Chinese cuisine vary widely from place to place as its major ingredients and techniques have been adapted to local agriculture and taste profiles. To trace the roots of Chinese foodways, one must look back to traditional food systems before the early days of globalization.