Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the bestselling Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic, and culinary story of milk and all things dairy--with recipes throughout. According to the Greek creation myth, we are so much spilt milk; a splatter of the goddess Hera's breast milk became our galaxy, the Milky Way. But while mother's milk may be the essence Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the bestselling Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic, an...

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Title:Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
Author:Mark Kurlansky
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1632863820
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas Reviews

  • Nick Ertz
    May 26, 2018
    There is a lot of time to cover. This is not an exciting book, too much "and then this and then that" to make it very engaging. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that milk has been debated since the beginning. First, which is better, cow or goat or camel or buffalo or... Then, wh...
  • Patty
    Feb 28, 2018
    I'm a huge fan of Kurlansky. He's probably the most famous writer of microhistories currently, a genre I adore. Microhistories he's written include "Salt" and "Paper", books on oysters and cod, a history of just the year 1968 or the song ?Dancing in the Street". You get the idea. ...
  • Deb
    Jun 26, 2018
    4.5 stars rounded up. Full of fascinating facts conveyed in an easy to read story like way. I never knew donkey's milk is closest to human milk - but donkey's don't like being milked! The history of milk and milk products, like yogurt and cheese, is covered from multinational points of...
  • Dree
    Apr 18, 2018
    Thanks to netgalley for providing me with a Kindle edition galley of this book. I have read Kurlansky's Salt: A World History, and actually enjoyed this one much more. Not surprisingly, he uses a similar writing style. Much more of this book, however, focuses on post-1800 history, a...
  • Tammy Buchli
    Mar 02, 2018
    Very entertaining history of milk (and dairy in general). Very readable, not at all dry or pedantic. Seemed very well researched, with an extensive bibliography. Poorly cited, though, since the author chose not to do footnotes. While I understand this was probably in the interests of k...
  • Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)
    Apr 29, 2018
    This was an ok read. The first half or so was difficult to slog through because of formatting. Kurlansky includes a ridiculous number of recipes in the early chapters, and while recipes are certainly important to food history, they were poorly integrated. The text was choppy and topics...
  • Chris
    Feb 10, 2018
    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley I have to have milk with breakfast unless I am getting breakfast at work. But at home, a glass milk, cold milk, and then coffee. I need that nice cool glass of milk. But I didn?t know much about milk until I read this book. Kurlansky?s book...
  • Trish
    Jul 11, 2018
    Kurlansky is justly famous for his earlier works about Salt and Cod, among other things, so when I saw this 2018 Bloomsbury Publishing nonfiction about Milk, I was interested. I was particularly interested to see what he would say about humans consuming milk after infancy, when approxi...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 01, 2018
    I was given an advanced copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I really like this kind of micro history that focuses on a single event or single topic, in this case the history of Milk. This book is a nice mix of history and historic and modern recipes so i...
  • Holly Senecal
    May 25, 2018
    As someone who lives in dairy country in Vermont I was curious how Mark Kurlansky would handle the industry in his book. It was a great history lesson and quite interesting. ...
  • Heather
    Jun 21, 2018
    I hesitated to give this tale three stars - overall it was closer to a two. Kurlansky?s writing remains interesting, though I found him to be slightly repetitive in this latest work. The larger problem is the sheer number of recipes in the book - there must be nearly as much text ded...
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Apr 06, 2018
    Wonderful look a trip through the history of Milk fulll of facts and delicious yummy recipes.Thanks # NetGalley #bloomsbury for advance copy. ...
  • Astrid
    Jun 03, 2018
    Very interesting history. Did you know you can't turn human breast milk into cheese? And did you know that milk wasn't drunk for the longest time, just used to make cheese, butter and yogurt? And if you think about it, people think nothing of drinking cow's milk but wouldn't think of e...
  • Nicole
    Jul 01, 2018
    Another excellent microhistory from my favorite microhistory author. ...
  • Ann
    Jul 05, 2018
    I'm not sure if it's because I read the book instead of listening to an audiobook, or if it's because I know so much more about the topic, or because the topic was too broad, but I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I did his other works. There were several little things that bu...
  • Miriam Downey
    May 09, 2018
    Remember the advertising campaign, ?Milk. It does a body good.? from the 80s and 90s? Or the campaign ?Got Milk? where celebrities had milk mustaches? Everything milk is covered in Kurlansky?s newest study of a single food topic and its place in the cultures around the world....
  • Matt
    Apr 06, 2018
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mark Kurlansky, and Bloomsbury (USA) Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. I remember an advertising campaign from my youth that extolled the virtues an...
  • Danya
    Jun 25, 2018
    I'm a total fan girl over Mark Kurlansky, so much so, that I would almost be throwing underwear at him, just to encourage him to write a history of underwear. As always, Kurlansky delivered with this book. I was totally fascinated throughout, and learned so much about the history of mi...
  • Geoffrey
    Feb 11, 2018
    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Master of microhistory Kurlansky once more takes a ubiquitous part of our daily livings that we never cared to think too much about if at all, and provides more information about it than I thought was ...
  • Patrick Pilz
    May 20, 2018
    Mark Kurlansky writes history books on some of the most mundane stuff: Salt, Paper and Cod to name a few. I lovedall these books, so I was very intrigued by one about milk. The dairy industry is certainly a target market in my profession. I was a little disappointed, but probably just ...
  • Nann
    Jun 18, 2018
    Kurlansky is both a food historian and a master of narrative nonfiction, the genre that treats a single topic exhaustively and entertainingly. From early civilization to organic farming, from yogurt and butter and cheese, with breastfeeding and formula, cattle breeding -- he covers it ...
  • Stuart Miller
    May 15, 2018
    Lots of interesting facts and details about milk--its history, production, uses, cultural aspects, etc. worldwide (although there is little on Latin America). Unfortunately, it suffers from the lack of a single narrative arc. Organizing it by historical periods or geographic areas woul...
  • Mich Must Read
    Mar 23, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for this ARC. We luxuriate in the richness of yummy butter, or at least I do. There is nothing more delicious to me than a simple croissant, flaky dough that has been laboriously layered with butter, and a cup of coffee. But apparent...
  • Natalia
    May 25, 2018
    Mark Kurlansky is one of the best writers of social/anthropological history, and Milk! continues his success. The history of milk is fascinating and Kurlansky makes it accessible to the public without it being too dry, from the modern dairy industry to different uses of milk around the...
  • Lance L
    May 09, 2018
    "... a book with 126 recipes..." Almost stream of consciousness rambling broken occasionally by repeated recitations of centuries or millennia old ?recipes? which only serve to encrenulate the monotony. I loved Cod. I really liked Salt. I thought Paper was sort of phoned in. Thi...
  • Steven Minniear
    Jun 12, 2018
    Not one of Kurlansky?s best, in my opinion. While I kind of liked his use of recipes within the text, I just could not get myself into this book. I was so unhappy with it that I returned it to the bookstore. ...
  • Carissa
    Jun 08, 2018
    This was very, very interesting and covers (almost) all things milk from cultural use to recipes to dairy farming to everything in-between. That really isn't an exaggeration. I think the only thing missing that I do wish was covered was the different in how governments manage milk, as ...
  • Susan
    Jun 29, 2018
    If there is anything, you want to know about milk the answer is most likely in this book. If like me you haven't given much thought to milk other than pouring it in your coffee or over you breakfast cereal you might be surprised to find that Kurlansky has looked into the history of mil...
  • FernsAndFauna
    May 15, 2018
    The format of Milk shares much in common with the ambitious global food histories that Kurlansky undertakes in Salt and Cod. But here, much like with Paper he falls short of his earlier work: Even though his thesis?that milk is the most argued about food in human history?is both im...
  • Jason Paterson
    Jun 06, 2018
    I became acquainted with Kurlansky's writing when his book Salt was recommended to me. That novel was so expertly crafted, I found myself being amazed by interesting history just about every paragraph. It's the type of story you would want to return to several times. Milk! is written i...