A Look into Sugar’s History

At a recent CHOW editorial meeting, we were chatting about the holidays, and invariably, all the upcoming sweets. I was reminded of a book I read a few years ago about sugar, called Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. It’s a good read if you are into food history (though it’s fairly British-society-centric), and documents the evolution of sugar consumption and production. One of the more interesting aspects of the book is how the author, Sidney Mintz, connects sugar to the rise of industry and move away from agrarian lifestyles. It’s an older book, so some of you may have read it. If not, it’s worth taking a crack at.

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History, $16