Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beans: A History, by Ken Albala

I'm a bit more than 2/3 of the way through and I'm bored and through trying. It was interesting learning that jicama is the root of the bean plant, slightly appalling to see Absalom identified as David's brother (apparently someone brought David beans while he was on the run from said "brother"), but overall rather dull. The book is basically a catalog of bean types with occasional mentions of "cultures" and "economic classes" eating them. Actual people, as in individuals one could care about one way or the other, were few and far between. Any sort of sense of history or event was similarly muted.

It's a pity, the idea is quite interesting, but the outcome quite otherwise.

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