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The Quest for Spices

Spices! Their quest has inspired exploration and conquest. They have underpinned the wealth of kingdoms and city states, and their lucrative trade has financed empires. Competition for their sources has led to domination and wars. The history of spices is the history of trade, of  how one civilization interacted with another, of how ideas travelled and merged, resulting in the amalgamation of cultures and tastes we enjoy today. In this course, we will explore the history of trade in spices, focusing on a particular group of spices each session. We will discuss their origins and use, and sample modern food from places far removed from their places of origin. Note: There is a $16 additional fee for food, to be paid to the instructor.

Instructor Bio:

Alina Quesada-Murphy is a retired Private Banker who has spent most of her adult life living and working (and eating) in Europe and Asia. Cooking is one of her passions. She believes that in the preparation of meals, the ingredients used are a key to the history of the people in the area, and spices, in particular, tell the tale.

Required Reading:

A curious mind and an abundance of imagination.

Recommended Reading:

Frankopan, Peter. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, 2015. Toussant-Samat, Maguelonne. A History of Food,  2009.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B106 Alina Quesada-Murphy Nov 12, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10 Mo 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m. YMCA WL

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