Blue Corn and Chocolate
by Elisabeth Rozin
Ebury Press, 1992, paper cut-out illustrations by Barbara Balch, hardcover, dusjacket, ISBN 0091770106
Fine, like new condition, dust jacket a little crinkled, with shelf-wear
'Imagine, Elisabeth Rozin asks, what Italian cooking would be without tomatoes, Irish food without potatoes, Indian Curry without the fiery capsicum pepper or Hungarian fare without paprika, and French or Viennese cuisine without chocolate and vanilla? Yet it's been only five hundred years since these foods were found in the New World and brought back to the Old.
Each food has a story: how it was discovered, how it was greeted in its adopted countries then integrated into the Old World cuisine, how it returned to America in dishes that immigrants brought with them, and how it has become a part of mainstream American cooking. And Elisabeth Rozin's 175 recipes - interlaced with her intriguing sidebars - tell the story.'