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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Krondl Narrator: Todd McLare Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Taste of Conquest offers up a riveting, globe-trotting tale of unquenchable desire, fanatical religion, raw greed, fickle fashion, and mouthwatering cuisine—in short, the very stuff of which our world is made. In this engaging, enlightening, and anecdote-filled history, Michael Krondl, a noted chef turned writer and food historian, tells the story of three legendary cities—Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam—and how their single-minded pursuit of spice helped to make (and remake) the Western diet and set in motion the first great wave of globalization. Sharing meals and stories with Indian pepper planters, Portuguese sailors, and Venetian foodies, Krondl takes every opportunity to explore the world of long ago and sample its many flavors. Along the way, he reveals that the taste for spice of a few wealthy Europeans led to great crusades, astonishing feats of bravery, and even wholesale slaughter.

As stimulating as it is pleasurable, and filled with surprising insights, The Taste of Conquest offers a compelling perspective on how, in search of a tastier dish, the world has been transformed.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With a dash of flair and a pinch of humor Michael Krondl mixes up a batch of well-researched facts to tell the story of the intriguing world of spices and their presence on the worldwide table. This is a book that every amateur cook, serious chef, foodie, or food historian should read.”

    Mary Ann Esposito, host/creator of the PBS cooking series Ciao Italia

  • “Michael Krondl’s new book on the spice trade peeks behind the usual histories of Venice, Lisbon, and Amsterdam—and tells a tale that is at once witty, informative, scholarly, and as consistently spicy as its subject. In short, it’s delicious!”

    Gary Allen, food history editor at Leite’s Culinaria and author of The Herbalist in the Kitchen

  • The Taste of Conquest is the savory story of the rise and fall of three spice-trading cities. It is filled with rich aromas and piquant tastes from the past that still resonate today. Michael Krondl serves up this aromatic tale with zest and verve. This book isn’t just for historians and spice lovers–it’s for all who love good writing and great stories.”

    Andrew F. Smith, editor of The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink

  • “As a chef I have always been deeply intrigued by the mystique of spices. Michael Krondl’s book awakens and transports the reader into this mysterious world, showing us how our lives and history have been transformed by the sensuous odors of cardamom, nutmeg, and turmeric.”

    Gray Kunz, chef and owner of Cafe Gray and Grayz, coauthor of The Elements of Taste

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cjj | 7/7/2013

    " An interesting read. Light enough for bedtime reading, but informative enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 8/4/2012

    " The book is very interesting, but I get the feeling that the author doesn't think the reader is always paying attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liz | 6/16/2010

    " One of my favorite reads. It's a feast on travels to foreign places, their customs, their foods, their history. Fascinating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul | 4/18/2010

    " Since I love spices, old cities and history, and have spent wonderful times wandering around Venice, Lisbon and Amsterdam, this book was pretty much the perfect bath time read for me. "

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About the Author

Michael Krondl is a chef, food writer, and author of Around the American Table: Treasured Recipes and Food Traditions from the American Cookery Collections of the New York Public Library and The Great Little Pumpkin Cookbook. He has published articles in Good Food, Family Circle, Pleasures of Cooking, and Chocolatier, and has contributed entries to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America. He lives in New York City.