Richard Mahaffey on fri 3 nov 06
On my recent trip to China I read the new paperback edition of 1491 :
America before Columbus Very interesting Edouard mentioning Chocolate
made me think of it. Besides Chocolate, Corn, tomatoes, potatoes,
manioc, and a couple of other crops were from the Western Hemisphere.
We saw lots of corn being harvested and dried in China. I wondered how
the Italians ever cooked a complete meal before they got tomatoes. Of
course Coffee went the other way.
The book ties information from the 1940's to 2005 together about what
North, Central, and South America were like before contact with
Europeans. I am still working through the afterward and not yet into
the bibliography. I am sure that this book will open a few eyes and it
is a good read.
Russel Fouts on sun 5 nov 06
>> I wondered how the Italians ever cooked a complete meal before
they got tomatoes. <<
And pasta! I think Marco Polo brought back pasta.
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Linda - Pacifica on sun 5 nov 06
On Sunday, November 05, 2006, at 02:35PM, "Russel Fouts" wrote:
> >> I wondered how the Italians ever cooked a complete meal before
>they got tomatoes. <<
For this answer, head to the north of Italy.
AND the Etruscans made pasta, as evidenced by frescos, so the Italians had it way before Marco Polo, though it may have been in use in asia, China, before it was in Italy. China did most things first.
>And pasta! I think Marco Polo brought back pasta.
Mitch Sewall on mon 6 nov 06
Also, what did the Italians do before corn came from the "new world" for
Having at one time been a food columist (NOT A RESTAURANT REVIWER) I raised
the question of what gazpacho was like before the tomato crossed the
Atlantic. Indeed, there were many varieties of gaspacho before 1492.