Title:   Saffron: A Global History
Author:   Ganeshram, Ramin
Publisher:   Reaktion Books Ltd
Binding:   Hardback
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APN:   9781789143300 or ISBN(1789143306)
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Explore the dramatic history of the world's most expensive spice in Saffron: A Global HistoryLiterally worth their weight in gold, sunset-red saffron threads are prized internationally. Saffron can be found in cave art in Mesopotamia, in the frescoes of ancient Santorini, in the dyed wrappings of Egyptian mummies, in the saffron-hued robes of Buddhist monks, and in unmistakable dishes around the world. It has been the catalyst for trade wars, as well as smuggling schemes, and used in medicine and cosmetics. Complete with delicious recipes and surprising anecdotes, this book traces the many paths taken by saffron, revealing the allure of a spice sought globally by merchants, chefs, artists, scientists, clerics, traders, warriors and black market smugglers.