Six Thousand Years of Bread

Six Thousand Years of Bread

Its Holy and Unholy History

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Yeast, water, flour, and heat. How could this simple mixture have been the cause of war and plague, celebration and victory supernatural vision and more? In this remarkable and all-encompassing volume, H. E. Jacob takes us through six thousand dynamic years of bread's role in politics, religion, technology, and beyond. Who were the first bakers? Why were bakers distrusted during the Middle Ages? How did bread cause Napoleon's defeat? Why were people buried with bread? SIX THOUSAND YEARS OF BREAD has the answers. Jacob follows the story from its beginning in ancient Egypt and continues through to modern times. The poignant and inspiring conclusion of the book relays the author's experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, subsisting on bread made of sawdust.
Publisher: New York : Lyons & Burford, 1997
ISBN: 9781558215757
1558215751
Branch Call Number: 641.815 Ja
Description: xvi, 399 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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"Yeast, water, flour, and heat. How could this simple mixture have been the cause of war and plague, celebration and victory, supernatural vision and more? In this remarkable and all-encompassing volume written in 1944, H. E. Jacob takes us through six thousand dynamic years of bread's role ... Read More »


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dano62
Oct 10, 2015

This was a really good book. I like it because it focuses on the impact of an essential item in humanity as it spans the centuries.

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wyenotgo
Aug 21, 2015

A fascinating excursion into the long and very complex relationship of mankind with bread -- or in a greater context, the cultivation, processing and consumption of grain. Most intriguing to me was Jacobs' exploration of the cultural and religious implications of the choices people have made: which grain to use for different purposes; the implications of leavened bread as opposed to flatbread; the significance of nomadic versus settled lifestyles; the social status accorded to bakers in different societies; the symbolism attached to the breaking of bread. The critical importance of grain production in the ascendancy of Egypt is well known, but Jacobs takes this economic argument much further, exploring the impact of grain upon both the ancient world and modern societies.

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