Can anyone recommend a book that compares food from around the world and tracks how it developed in each culture? I’m thinking of something like Salt: A World History, but broader and possibly shallower. Maybe Guns, Germs, and Steel for food?
I’m looking for a book that answers questions like: what was Italian food like before the tomato was introduced to Europe? Why are noodles so popular in East Asia and how long have they been? How widespread is the use of chopsticks, and why don’t Thai people generally use them?