Tastes of Paradise : A Social History of Spices, Stimulants, and Intoxicants

spicehistory From the extravagant use of pepper in the Middle Ages to the Protestant bourgeoisie’s love of coffee to the reason why fashionable Europeans stopped sniffing tobacco and starting smoking it, Schivelbusch looks at how the appetite for pleasure transformed the social structure of the Old World.

Contents :


  1. Spices, or the Dawn of the Modern Age
  2. Coffee and the Protestant Ethic
  3. Chocolate, Catholicism and Ancien Régime
  4. Tobacco : the Dry Inebriant
  5. The Industrial Revolution, Beer, and Liquor
  6. Rituals
  7. Drinking Places
  8. The Artificial Paradises of the Nineteenth Century

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