Bittersweet: The Story of Sugar
Allen & Unwin, 2002 - 190 pages
This social and historical exploration traces the history of sugarcane from its home in New Guinea to Shakespeare’s England. Fascinating sugar lore and anecdotes are included, such as how Queen Elizabeth I became so partial to hippocras (mulled wine), sugared almonds, and pastilles that her teeth turned completely black. Explored are the political and sociological impacts of sugar on the world and the tremendous riches available to the unscrupulous few who grew and sold it. The days of manual processing are described, when fortunes were built on the backbreaking labor of slaves. The resulting wars and geopolitical shifts that have shaped the modern world are discussed in detail.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ritaer - LibraryThing
The history of this one crop becomes in Macinnis' hands a history of European empire building. Later details of production seem a little scanted. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wil68 - LibraryThing
Bittersweet: the story of sugar is an interesting and entertaining little book. I'd always thought that sugar was a New World crop, but apparently it was first cultivated in New Guinea, and then it ... Read full review