Tastes of Paradise by Wolfgang Shivelbusch

This book documents the long and important role that stimulants and intoxicants have played in modern culture. Starting with spices and going forward through alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco, it documents the effects, rituals, and eventually cultural change wrought by these substances. Short and to the point with plenty of paintings and other period artwork, this is an easy and fun read which sheds much light on our culture.
Rating: 4 of 5
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