Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures in the TLS

Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World by
Marcy Norton was reviewed in the March 27, 2009, issue of the TLS. Gabriel Paquette writes:

Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures shows how the exchange between alien civilizations prefigured a revolution in taste that was both genuinely global and largely independent of the power dynamics of colonialism. . . . Norton creatively uses a wide range of sources, from Mayan artwork to early modern medical manuals to Inquisition records, to show how two frequently consumed substances were integrated into European consciousness and diet.”

full review here

Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures in the TLS