More Detail Than You Probably Require

by Melleny T.

You may recall that I’m a big fan of eating, and of perusing cookbooks that I’ll never use. As a librarian, it’s probably not very surprising that I also enjoy learning all kinds of things, especially obscure things. My brain is filled with odd facts that are really only useful during trivia night and for annoying friends during Jeopardy.

(Although I did once win a free round of miniature golf at Walt Disney World because I happened to know Donald Duck’s middle name, so I have experienced my fair share of fame and glory.)

History of Food illustration

I have discovered a subgenre of books that appeals to both my geeky trivia side and my borderline obsession with food, and that subgenre is Food Microhistory. There is a surprisingly large number of books in this category, treating you to a wealth of information on topics you may never have thought could fill an entire book, such as white bread and baking powder.

The following list includes some of my favorite microhistories related to food items that many of us eat every day.

Have you ever read a food microhistory? Tell us about your experiences in the comments.

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3 responses to “More Detail Than You Probably Require”

  1. Alyssa says:

    I love this!

  2. Chelsea says:

    Banana by Dan Koeppel blew my mind when I read it in high school! I still think about it often, it was so fascinating!

  3. Melissa Derr says:

    I just marked Banana by Dan Koeppel as a want to read on my Goodreads account. And I see that it blew Chelsea’s mind and left a life-long impression on her. I am now even more excited for it! This will definitely be an early 2020 read!

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