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DPL History Book Group

February 15, 2024


The History Book Group will meet on the 2nd floor of the library Thurs. Feb. 15 at 3:00 p.m. to discuss Evan D.G. Fraser’s “Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations.” 

Using the colorful diaries of a sixteenth-century merchant as a narrative guide, Empires of Food chronicles the fate of people and societies for the past twelve thousand years through the foods they grew, hunted, traded, and ate—and gives us insights into what to expect in years to come. Agricultural expert Evan D. G. Fraser and journalist Andrew Rimas tell stories that capture the flavor of places as disparate as ancient Mesopotamia and imperial Britain, taking us from the first city in the once-thriving Fertile Crescent to today’s overworked breadbaskets and rice bowls in the United States and China, showing just what food has meant to humanity.

For more information, please contact Tricia Crary (Friday Book Group), Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups), or Zach Row-Heyveld (Cookbook and Quick Bites Groups) at 563-382-3717. 

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