Cloth $19.00 ISBN: 9781780232829 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.


A Global History

Ken Albala


Ken Albala

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128 pages | 50 color plates, 10 halftones | 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 | © 2014
Cloth $19.00 ISBN: 9781780232829 Published April 2014 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9781780233222 Published April 2014
From almonds and pecans to pistachios, cashews, and macadamias, nuts are as basic as food gets—just pop them out of the shell and into your mouth. The original health food, the vitamin-packed nut is now used industrially, in confectionary, and in all sorts of cooking. The first book to tell the full story of how nuts came to be in almost everything, Nuts takes readers on a gastronomic, botanical, and cultural tour of the world.
Tracking these fruits and seeds through cultivation, harvesting, processing, and consumption—or non-consumption, in the case of those with nut allergies—award-winning food writer Ken Albala provides a fascinating account on how they have been cooked, prepared, and exploited. He reveals the social and cultural meaning of nuts during various periods in history, while also immersing us in their modern uses. Packing scrumptious recipes, surprising facts, and fascinating nuggets inside its hardcover shell, this entertaining and informative book will delight lovers of almonds, hazelnuts, chestnuts, and more.


1. What is a Nut?

2. Nuts to Chew

3. Nuts in Cooking

4. Nuts Familiar and Exotic

5. Nuts in Sweets, Snacks and Junk Food

6. The Modern Industry



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