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How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (But True) Stories of Common Vegetables


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How Carrots Won the Trojan War is a delightful collection of little-known stories about the origins, legends, and historical significance of 23 of the worlds most popular vegetables. Curious cooks, gardeners, and casual readers alike will be fascinated by these far-fetched tales of their favorite foods pasts. Readers will discover why Roman gladiators were massaged with onion juice before battle, how celery contributed to Casanovas conquests, how peas almost poisoned General Washington, and why some seventeenth-century turnips were considered degenerate.

How Carrots Won the Trojan War is the perfect book for vegetable gardeners, foodies, and anyone else interested in the secret stories behind a salad.

About the Author

Rebecca Rupp holds a Ph.D. in microbiology. She is the author of two novels for young readers, The Waterstone and The Dragon of Lonely Island, as well as three books for homeschooling parents. She received wide acclaim for her first two nature books, Red Oaks & Black Birches and Blue Corn and Square Tomatoes. Rupp lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont, with her husband and three sons.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Vegetables In and Out of the Garden
One: In Which Asparagus Seduces the King of France
Two: In Which Beans Beat Back the Dark Ages
Three: In Which Beets Make Victorian Belles Blush
Four: In Which Cabbage Confounds Diogenes
Five: In Which Carrots Win the Trojan War
Six: In Which Celery Contributes to Casanova's Conquests
Seven: In Which Corn Creates Vampires
Eight: In Which Cucumbers Imitate Pigeons
Nine: In Which An Eggplant Causes a Holy Man to Faint
Ten: In Which Lettuce Puts Insomniacs to Sleep
Eleven: In Which Melons Undermine Mark Twain's Morals
Twelve: In Which Onions Offend Don Quixote
Thirteen: In Which Peas Almost Poison General Washington
Fourteen: In Which Peppers Win the Nobel Prize
Fifteen: In Which Potatoes Baffle the Conquistadors
Sixteen: In Which Pumpkins Attend the World's Fair
Seventeen: In Which Radishes Identify Witches
Eighteen: In Which Spinach Deceives a Generation of Children
Nineteen: In Which Tomatoes Fail to Kill Colonel Johnson
Twenty: In Which Turnips Make a Viscount Famous

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Rupp, Rebecca
Storey Publishing
Cooking and Food-Historical Food and Cooking
HISTORY / Essays
COOKING / History
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