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The Age of Exploration Food

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Cooking Up Some World History!

50 Authentic, Easy-to-Make Recipes from All Periods of World History!

As explorers set off to discover new and exciting things about the world, one of their most important discoveries was food. The Americas were a cornucopia of new foods, most of which were brought back to the Old World. While they seem mainstream today, many of these foods revolutionized the things people ate.

At first viewed with suspicion, tomatoes soon became a favorite in Spain and Italy. Potatoes were outlawed at one time, yet eventually became one of the highest yield crops in Europe. The chilis of the New World were so popular in India and China that soon they were known as Indian peppers. Coffee and tea were commonplace, though expensive, and chocolate was as popular in the Old World as it was in the New. The discovery of sugar cane meant that everyone could afford a little sweetness, not just the wealthy.

Three-fifths of the crops grown throughout the world today were domesticated in the Americas. Without that food the world be a very different place. The Age of Exploration changed not only the way people thought of the world, but also the way they ate.

Recipes from the Age of Exploration.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

In Italy it was common for a young man to give a tomato plant as a token of his affection.

Pineapple Tatin

Europe had never seen the likes of a pineapple and it soon became a favorite of royalty!

Cooking Up Some World History cookbook front cover
A photograph of a pineapple tatin topped with vanilla ice cream
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