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42 review for A Treatise on Adulterations of Food, and Culinary Poisons Exhibiting the Fraudulent Sophistications of Bread, Beer, Wine, Spiritous Liquors, Tea, Coffee, ... Other Articles Employed in Domestic Economy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    I ran across this book while pursuing the episodes on "Chemical Leavening" from "Jas. Townsend and Sons" YouTube channel, which is a series on 18th century Colonial cookery done by a professional historical re-enactor.* The book was a scandal at the time, documenting the adulteration of bread and various other foodstuffs (beer, etc), and also including practical chemical recipes on how to test them (Warning: Dangerous, etc). It is a fascinating documentation of the politics and science of the ti I ran across this book while pursuing the episodes on "Chemical Leavening" from "Jas. Townsend and Sons" YouTube channel, which is a series on 18th century Colonial cookery done by a professional historical re-enactor.* The book was a scandal at the time, documenting the adulteration of bread and various other foodstuffs (beer, etc), and also including practical chemical recipes on how to test them (Warning: Dangerous, etc). It is a fascinating documentation of the politics and science of the time, the importance of bread, the practical chemical knowledge of educated citizens, and attitudes towards purity and diet. Far, far before Upton Sinclair's 'The Jungle', Accum took it upon himself to document the potentially lethal consequences of dietary additives - and we're not talking just 'additives and preservatives' here, but substances like alum and chalk (calcium carbonate - still used in some bread actually). The book was a raging scandal at the time, firing off a whole series of pamphlets and rejoinders, and it is well worth the time of anyone interested in food, popular history, or practical science to give it a read. ----- * - Highly recommend the entire YouTube series; great practical recipes and cooking tips; of interest to history buffs, do-it-yourselfers and survivalists, as he goes into explicit detail on things like how to build a clay oven, preserve salt pork, etc.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather dennis

    Interesting if you want to know the dangers of the past. Also mentions how to do tests to see if water and food are contaminated with things like lead and copper using chemistry. I would recommend reading up on the chemicals he says to use before using them. It's better to err on the side of caution. Interesting if you want to know the dangers of the past. Also mentions how to do tests to see if water and food are contaminated with things like lead and copper using chemistry. I would recommend reading up on the chemicals he says to use before using them. It's better to err on the side of caution.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book from 1820 was different in that it talks about the ways merchants would alter food in order to create phony or misleading food foods (like preparing faux champagne for consumption) —

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