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Mark Kurlansky

Milk! A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

Bloomsbury Publishing


Mark Kurlansky has the enviable ability to take a single item—salt, cod, oysters, milk, or paper—plug it into a human context, and produce entertaining and thought-provoking history. Milk! is part anthropology, part economics, with a dash of politics and even a stock of recipes—most of which look impossible to follow (medieval weights and measures, anyone?). Subjects include nursing (and the breast vs. bottle debate), lactose-intolerance (the natural state for most humans, he notes), and characteristics of different animal milks. Butter, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream get covered, along with less common milk by-products like skyr and kumis.

 – Bruce Collier
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