Small scale stories can sometimes reveal bigger ideas and trends. That's the thought behind a type of writing called microhistory. By exploring the history of a smaller item or event, larger historical and cultural themes are revealed in the process.
Each of the following microhistories are based on food. Pick up a few titles and decide for yourself if small can also be big.
- The Story of Corn by Betty Fussell
- Hot Dog: A Global History by Bruce Kraig
- The Turkey: An American Story by Andrew F. Smith
- Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut by Paul R. Mullins
- Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light by Mort Rosenblum
- Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Change the World by Dan Koeppel
- Peanuts: The Illustrious History of the Goober Pea by Andrew F. Smith
- Nature's Perfect Food: How Milk Became America's Drink by E. Melanie DuPuis
- The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee by Stewart Lee Allen
- A Brief History of Tea: The Extraordinary Story of the World's Favorite Drink by Roy Moxham