The Taste of War

The Taste of War

World War Two and the Battle for Food

Book - 2011
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Food, and in particular the lack of it, was central to the experience of the Second World War. In this history, Lizzie Collingham establishes how control of food and its production is crucial to total war.
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2011.
ISBN: 9780713999648
0713999640
Branch Call Number: 363.8 Collingh 07/2011
Characteristics: xv, 634 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.

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MaxRSW
Aug 13, 2014

This was not my expectations - I was looking for a book that covered the change in food-handling and processing - the industries. And the changes that this entailed with the transportation systems (how refrigeration and packaging changed).

This IS a massively researched book that deals with the political issues of food availability, and dietary contents (meat, fat, grains), with only brief discussions of logistics. Of course, this is discussion on the invasion and conquering by Coca Cola, too.

"Different from my expectations".

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beautykitty
Feb 11, 2012

Massively researched. A completely different look at war. Shows that when governments declare war, for whatever reason, the poor always suffer the most. Deaths due to starvation outnumbered military casualties 4 to 1.

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librarianatlarge
Jan 17, 2012

This was such an interesting book. I've read on WWII for many years and this brought a new perspective completely. Fascinating reading from the use of food as a weapon as well as a support to the lasting effects of rationing on the British and North American diet and way of life. I never realized that the way food was treated and distributed had such a profound effect on post-war societies. Brilliant exploration of the way the American military lived compared to everybody else, including the American public. Heartbreaking examination of the treatment of the Japanese troops by their own command.
Highly, highly recommended.

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deathbird
Sep 11, 2011

well written and researched. worth picking up.

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