Saffron

Ramin Ganeshram


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Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781789143300
Cover type: Hardcover
Publish date: 12/9/2020
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This slim book unravels the long and dramatic history of the world's most expensive spice, used in everything from cosmetics, to cuisine, to conquest.

Explore the dramatic history of the world’s most expensive spice in Saffron: A Global History. Literally worth their weight in gold, sunset-red saffron threads are prized internationally.

Saffron can be found in cave art in Mesopotamia, in the frescoes of ancient Santorini, in the dyed wrappings of Egyptian mummies, in the saffron-hued robes of Buddhist monks, and in unmistakable dishes around the world. It has been the catalyst for trade wars as well as smuggling schemes and used in medicine and cosmetics.

Complete with delicious recipes and surprising anecdotes, this book traces the many paths taken by saffron, revealing the allure of a spice sought globally by merchants, chefs, artists, scientists, clerics, traders, warriors, and black-market smugglers.

Ramin Ganeshram is an award-winning journalist, food historian and professional chef, as well as the co-author of The Art of the Perfect Sauce.

Her work has notably been featured in The Guardian, NPR, Saveur, Epicurious and Bon Appétit. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

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