The Resource Milk : a local and global history, Deborah Valenze

Milk : a local and global history, Deborah Valenze

Label
Milk : a local and global history
Title
Milk
Title remainder
a local and global history
Statement of responsibility
Deborah Valenze
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "How did an animal product that spoils easily, carries disease, and causes digestive trouble for many of its consumers become a near-universal symbol of modern nutrition? In the first cultural history of milk, historian Deborah Valenze traces the rituals and beliefs that have governed milk production and consumption since its use in the earliest societies. Covering the long span of human history, Milk reveals how developments in technology, public health, and nutritional science made this once-rare elixir a modern-day staple. The book looks at the religious meanings of milk, along with its association with pastoral life, which made it an object of mystery and suspicion during medieval times and the Renaissance. As early modern societies refined agricultural techniques, cow's milk became crucial to improving diets and economies, launching milk production and consumption into a more modern phase. Yet as business and science transformed the product in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, commercial milk became not only a common and widely available commodity but also a source of uncertainty when used in place of human breast milk for infant feeding. Valenze also examines the dairy culture of the developing world, looking at the example of India, currently the world's largest milk producer. Ultimately, milk's surprising history teaches us how to think about our relationship to food in the present, as well as in the past. It reveals that although milk is a product of nature, it has always been an artifact of culture"--
  • "A history of milk and its many uses in different cultures of the world"--
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  • Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Valenze, Deborah M.
Dewey number
641.3/7109
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GT2920.M55
LC item number
V35 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Milk
  • Milk
  • Cooking (Milk)
  • Dairy products
  • Food habits
  • COOKING / Specific Ingredients / Dairy
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Animal Husbandry
  • HISTORY / Social History
Label
Milk : a local and global history, Deborah Valenze
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The culture of milk. Great mothers and cows of plenty -- Virtuous white liquor in the Middle Ages -- The Renaissance of milk -- Feeding people. Cash cows and Dutch diligence -- A taste for milk and how it grew -- Milk comes of age as cheese -- An interlude of livestock history -- Industry, science, and medicine. Milk in the nursery, chemistry in the kitchen -- Beneficial bovines and the business of milk -- Milk in an age of indigestion -- Milk gone bad -- Milk as modern. The ABC's of milk -- Good for everybody in the twentieth century -- Milk today
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 351 p.
Isbn
9780300117240
Lccn
2011002514
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 3902513-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3902513
  • (Sirsi) i9780300117240
Label
Milk : a local and global history, Deborah Valenze
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The culture of milk. Great mothers and cows of plenty -- Virtuous white liquor in the Middle Ages -- The Renaissance of milk -- Feeding people. Cash cows and Dutch diligence -- A taste for milk and how it grew -- Milk comes of age as cheese -- An interlude of livestock history -- Industry, science, and medicine. Milk in the nursery, chemistry in the kitchen -- Beneficial bovines and the business of milk -- Milk in an age of indigestion -- Milk gone bad -- Milk as modern. The ABC's of milk -- Good for everybody in the twentieth century -- Milk today
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 351 p.
Isbn
9780300117240
Lccn
2011002514
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 3902513-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3902513
  • (Sirsi) i9780300117240

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