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ISBN: HB: 9781789143300

Reaktion Books

September 2020

144 pp.

19.7x12 cm

58 illus., 54 in colour




A Global History

Explore the dramatic history of the world's most expensive spice in "Saffron: A Global History". Literally worth their weight in gold, sunset-red saffron threads are prized internationally. Saffron can be found in cave art in Mesopotamia, in the frescoes of ancient Santorini, in the dyed wrappings of Egyptian mummies, in the saffron-hued robes of Buddhist monks, and in unmistakable dishes around the world. It has been the catalyst for trade wars, as well as smuggling schemes, and used in medicine and cosmetics. Complete with delicious recipes and surprising anecdotes, this book traces the many paths taken by saffron, revealing the allure of a spice sought globally by merchants, chefs, artists, scientists, clerics, traders, warriors and black market smugglers.

About the Author

Journalist and chef Ramin Ganeshram is the author of a number of cookbooks and "The General's Cook: A Novel" (2018).