Full of stories true and fantastical about where foods and their legends come from.What spice was more valuable than gold?Which vegetable started a social revolution, where did tomatoes come from?. Chocolate and sex- who started the rumour?Highly entertaining and full of fascinating facts. Where did the first tomato come from? What spice was once more valuable than gold? Chocolate and sex - who started the rumour? Which vegetable began a social revolution? Develop a taste for history with this fascinating illustrated book on travel, food and cooking. Open your pantry door and discover a world of mouth-watering tales of love, lust, jealousy and hate, enterprise and folly - all based on the discovery and development of everyday cooking ingredients. The foods covered are: Pepper & chillis, onions & garlic, tomatoes, potatoes, coffee, bread, chocolate, olive oil and sugar. Explore the stories of the origins and history of our favourite foods, visit the places where they come from, are harvested or are celebrated as cultural icons. Make jambalaya with Eula Mae - McIlhenny's official Tabasco cook; bake a chocolate cake to match the acclaimed Sacher Torte of Vienna; or protect yourself from vampires with a genuine Transylvanian garlic sauce.