Anthony Rowley

A World History of Food: Tasteful Tactics Publication date : August 27, 2009

“A dinnertime conversation over lentil soup with pain d'épices and Dublin Bay prawn incited me to write this book. What followed was much like cooking. The menu was straightforward: the history of food is actually a long quarrel between Ancients and Moderns and has resulted in a constant play between variety, variation and balance. This is the narrative, from prehistory to the present,” writes Anthony Rowley.

“This erudite journey confirms the extent to which the act of nourishing ourselves often proceeds from the highest form of civilisation.” Le Figaro Magazine

“A banquet for curiosity and intelligence!” Epok“From an assertion of nationalism to a psychoanalytical quest — there's a lot going on in the kitchen!” Livres Hebdo

Anthony Rowley is a historian, a lecturer at the Paris Institut d'Etudes Politiques and the co-founder of the European Institute of Food History. He is also a respected restaurant critic and the co-author (with Fabrice d'Almeida) of Et si on refaisait l'histoire? (2009).