Out of the East : spices and the medieval imagination. Freedman, P. H Yale University Press, New Haven, Conn., 2008.
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Paul Freedman surveys the history, geography, economics, and culinary tastes of the Middle Ages to uncover the surprisingly varied ways that spices were put to use–in elaborate medieval cuisine, in the treatment of disease, for the promotion of well-being, and to perfume important ceremonies of the Church. Spices became symbols of beauty, affluence, taste, and grace, Freedman shows, and their expense and fragrance drove the engines of commerce and conquest at the dawn of the modern era.–From publisher description.
@book{freedman_out_2008,
	address = {New Haven, Conn.},
	title = {Out of the {East} : spices and the medieval imagination},
	isbn = {9780300111996  0300111991  9780300151350  0300151357},
	shorttitle = {Out of the {East}},
	abstract = {Paul Freedman surveys the history, geography, economics, and culinary tastes of the Middle Ages to uncover the surprisingly varied ways that spices were put to use--in elaborate medieval cuisine, in the treatment of disease, for the promotion of well-being, and to perfume important ceremonies of the Church. Spices became symbols of beauty, affluence, taste, and grace, Freedman shows, and their expense and fragrance drove the engines of commerce and conquest at the dawn of the modern era.--From publisher description.},
	language = {English},
	publisher = {Yale University Press},
	author = {Freedman, Paul H},
	year = {2008}
}
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