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Nose Dive Book
  • Author : ,
  • Publisher : Appetite by Random House
  • Release Date : 2020-10-20
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 544
  • ISBN Code: 0147529751

Summary: The ultimate guide to the smells of the universe--the ambrosial to the pungent, and everything in between--from the author of the acclaimed culinary guides On Food and Cooking and Keys to Good Cooking. From Harold McGee, James Beard Award-winning author and leading expert on the science of food and cooking, comes an extensive exploration of the awe-inspiring world of smell. In Nose Dive, McGee takes us on a sensory-filled adventure, from the sulfurous nascent earth more than four billion years ago, to the sweetly fragrant Tian Shan mountain range north of the Himalayas, to the keyboard of your laptop, where trace notes of formaldehyde escape between the keys. We'll sniff the ordinary (wet pavement and cut grass) and extraordinary (fresh bread and chocolate), the delightful (roses and vanilla) and the unpleasant (spoiled meat and rotten eggs). We'll smell each other. We'll smell ourselves. Through it all, McGee familiarizes us with the actual bits of matter that we breathe in -- the molecules that trigger our perceptions, that prompt the citrusy smells of coriander and beer and the medicinal smells of daffodils and sea urchins. And like everything in the physical world, molecules have histories. Many of the molecules that we smell every day existed long before any creature was around to smell them -- before there was even a planet for those creatures to live on. Beginning with the origins of those molecules in interstellar space, McGee moves onward through the smells of our planet, the air and the oceans, the forest and the meadows and the city, all the way to the smells of incense, perfume, wine, and food. Here is a story of the world, of all of the smells under our collective nose. A work of astounding scholarship and originality, Nose Dive distills the science behind the smells and translates it, as only McGee can, into an accessible and entertaining guide. Incorporating the latest insights of biology and chemistry, and interwoven with personal observations, McGee reveals how our sense of smell has the power to expose invisible, intangible details of our material world and life, and trigger in us feelings that are the very essence of being alive.

Keys to Good Cooking Book by Harold McGee

Keys to Good Cooking Book
  • Author : Harold McGee
  • Publisher : Appetite by Random House
  • Release Date : 2013-02-19
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 576
  • ISBN Code: 0449015998

Summary: A requisite countertop companion for all home chefs, Keys to Good Cooking distils the modern scientific understanding of cooking and translates it into immediately useful information. The book provides simple statements of fact and advice, along with brief explanations that help cooks understand why, and apply that understanding to other situations. Not a cookbook, Keys to Good Cooking is, simply put, a book about how to cook well. A work of astounding scholarship and originality, this is a concise and authoritative guide designed to help home cooks navigate the ever-expanding universe of recipes and ingredients and appliances, and arrive at the promised land of a satisfying dish.

Smells Book by Robert Muchembled

Smells Book
  • Author : Robert Muchembled
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2020-05-07
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN Code: 1509536795

Summary: Why is our sense of smell so under-appreciated? We tend to think of smell as a vestigial remnant of our pre-human past, doomed to gradual extinction, and we go to great lengths to eliminate smells from our environment, suppressing body odour, bad breath and other smells. Living in a relatively odour-free environment has numbed us to the importance that smells have always had in human history and culture. In this major new book Robert Muchembled restores smell to its rightful place as one of our most important senses and examines the transformation of smells in the West from the Renaissance to the beginning of the 19th century. He shows that in earlier centuries, the air in towns and cities was often saturated with nauseating emissions and dangerous pollution. Having little choice but to see and smell faeces and urine on a daily basis, people showed little revulsion; until the 1620s, literature and poetry delighted in excreta which now disgust us. The smell of excrement and body odours were formative aspects of eroticism and sexuality, for the social elite and the popular classes alike. At the same time, medicine explained outbreaks of plague by Satan's poisonous breath corrupting the air. Amber, musk and civet came to be seen as vital bulwarks against the devil's breath: scents were worn like armour against the plague. The disappearance of the plague after 1720 and the sharp decline in fear of the devil meant there was no longer any point in using perfumes to fight the forces of evil, paving the way for the olfactory revolution of the 18th century when softer, sweeter perfumes, often with floral and fruity scents, came into fashion, reflecting new norms of femininity and a gentler vision of nature. This rich cultural history of an under-appreciated sense will be appeal to a wide readership.

On the Scent Book by Paolo Pelosi

On the Scent Book
  • Author : Paolo Pelosi
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-24
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN Code: 0191029149

Summary: In humans, the perception of odours adds a fourth dimension to life, from the scent of flowers, the aroma of foods, and all the subtle smells in the environment. But how many types of odours can we distinguish? Why do we like the food we like? Which are the most powerful odorants, and how well does the human sense of smell perform compared with that of a dog or a butterfly? The sense of smell is highly complex, and such complexity discouraged scientists for a long time, leaving the world of smell in an atmosphere of mystery. Only recently, thanks to the new tools furnished by molecular biology and neuroscience, are we beginning to answer these questions, uncovering the hidden secrets of our sense of smell, and decoding the language used by most animals to communicate. In this book, Paolo Pelosi, one of the leading figures in the development of the science of olfaction, recounts how the chemical alphabet behind smell has been pieced together over the past three decades. Drawing on anecdotes from his own scientific career, and celebrating the rich variety of smells from herbs to flowers to roast coffee and freshly baked bread, he weaves together an engaging and remarkable account of the science behind the most elusive of our senses.

Science and Cooking: Physics Meets Food, From Homemade to Haute Cuisine Book by Michael Brenner,Pia Sörensen,David Weitz

Science and Cooking: Physics Meets Food, From Homemade to Haute Cuisine Book
  • Author : Michael Brenner,Pia Sörensen,David Weitz
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2020-10-20
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN Code: 0393634930

Summary: Based on the popular Harvard University and edX course, Science and Cooking explores the scientific basis of why recipes work. The spectacular culinary creations of modern cuisine are the stuff of countless articles and social media feeds. But to a scientist they are also perfect pedagogical explorations into the basic scientific principles of cooking. In Science and Cooking, Harvard professors Michael Brenner, Pia Sörensen, and David Weitz bring the classroom to your kitchen to teach the physics and chemistry underlying every recipe. Why do we knead bread? What determines the temperature at which we cook a steak, or the amount of time our chocolate chip cookies spend in the oven? Science and Cooking answers these questions and more through hands-on experiments and recipes from renowned chefs such as Christina Tosi, Joanne Chang, and Wylie Dufresne, all beautifully illustrated in full color. With engaging introductions from revolutionary chefs and collaborators Ferran Adria and José Andrés, Science and Cooking will change the way you approach both subjects—in your kitchen and beyond.

Learning to Smell Book by Donald A. Wilson,Richard J. Stevenson

Learning to Smell Book
  • Author : Donald A. Wilson,Richard J. Stevenson
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2006-06-06
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN Code: 0801888948

Summary: Learning to Smell will serve as an important reference for workers within the field of chemical senses and those interested in sensory processing and perception.

Smellosophy Book by A. S. Barwich

Smellosophy Book
  • Author : A. S. Barwich
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-07-14
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 0674245407

Summary: A pioneering exploration of olfaction that upsets settled notions of how the brain translates sensory information. Decades of cognition research have shown that external stimuli “spark” neural patterns in particular regions of the brain. This has fostered a view of the brain as a space that we can map: here the brain responds to faces, there it perceives a sensation in your left hand. But it turns out that the sense of smell—only recently attracting broader attention in neuroscience—doesn’t work this way. A. S. Barwich asks a deceptively simple question: What does the nose tell the brain, and how does the brain understand it? Barwich interviews experts in neuroscience, psychology, chemistry, and perfumery in an effort to understand the biological mechanics and myriad meanings of odors. She argues that it is time to stop recycling ideas based on the paradigm of vision for the olfactory system. Scents are often fickle and boundless in comparison with visual images, and they do not line up with well-defined neural regions. Although olfaction remains a puzzle, Barwich proposes that what we know suggests the brain acts not only like a map but also as a measuring device, one that senses and processes simple and complex odors. Accounting for the sense of smell upsets theories of perception philosophers have developed. In their place, Smellosophy articulates a new model for understanding how the brain represents sensory information.

Scenting Salvation Book by Susan Ashbrook Harvey

Scenting Salvation Book
  • Author : Susan Ashbrook Harvey
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2006-06-07
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 442
  • ISBN Code: 0520931017

Summary: This book explores the role of bodily, sensory experience in early Christianity (first – seventh centuries AD) by focusing on the importance of smell in ancient Mediterranean culture. Following its legalization in the fourth century Roman Empire, Christianity cultivated a dramatically flourishing devotional piety, in which the bodily senses were utilized as crucial instruments of human-divine interaction. Rich olfactory practices developed as part of this shift, with lavish uses of incense, holy oils, and other sacred scents. At the same time, Christians showed profound interest in what smells could mean. How could the experience of smell be construed in revelatory terms? What specifically could it convey? How and what could be known through smell? Scenting Salvation argues that ancient Christians used olfactory experience for purposes of a distinctive religious epistemology: formulating knowledge of the divine in order to yield, in turn, a particular human identity. Using a wide array of Pagan, Jewish, and Christian sources, Susan Ashbrook Harvey examines the ancient understanding of smell through religious rituals, liturgical practices, mystagogical commentaries, literary imagery, homiletic conventions; scientific, medical, and cosmological models; ascetic disciplines, theological discourse, and eschatological expectations. In the process, she argues for a richer appreciation of ancient notions of embodiment, and of the roles the body might serve in religion.

The Smell of Fresh Rain Book by Barney Shaw

The Smell of Fresh Rain Book
  • Author : Barney Shaw
  • Publisher : Icon Books
  • Release Date : 2017-09-07
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 155
  • ISBN Code: 1785781146

Summary: Smell is the most emotional and evocative of our senses: it can bring back memories faster and with more immediacy than a photograph – so why is it so little understood? Armed with a hungry curiosity and a willingness to self-experiment, author Barney Shaw goes in search of the hidden meanings of smells. Using plain words to describe what he finds, he investigates the chemistry, psychology, history and future of this underappreciated sense. Journeying around boatyards, perfume shops and memories, Shaw opens your nose to the world, breaking down “chords” of smells into their component notes and through them revealing new ways of understanding the spaces through which we move. An investigation into the biology, psychology and history of smell, and a search for effective ways to put into words scents that we instantly relate to, but find strangely ineffable, THE SMELL OF FRESH RAIN includes a 200-entry thesaurus of succinct descriptions of common smells.

Chemistry and the Sense of Smell Book by Charles S. Sell

Chemistry and the Sense of Smell Book
  • Author : Charles S. Sell
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2014-03-26
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN Code: 1118522966

Summary: “I cannot recommend this fascinating book highly enough.” –Simon Cotton, Chemistry & Industry, September 2014 “In conclusion: A comprehensive introduction to the world of odours, not only for chemists.” –review in German: Monika Paduch, Gefahrstoffe - Reinhaltung Luft, October 2014 A comprehensive overview of fragrance chemistry Fragrance materials are universal, from personal care products to household cleaners, laundry products, and more. Although many of the scents themselves are synthesized in a lab, the actual mechanism of odour has long baffled chemists who attempt to model it for research. In Chemistry and the Sense of Smell, industry chemist Charles S. Sell explores the chemistry and biology surrounding the human detection and processing of odour, providing a comprehensive, single-volume guide to the totality of fragrance chemistry. The correlation between molecular structure and odour is much more complex than initially thought, and the intricacies of the mechanism by which the brain interprets scent signals leaves much to be discovered. This book provides a solid foundation of fragrance chemistry and highlights the relationship between research and industry with topics such as: The analysis and characterization of odour The role scent plays in our lives The design and manufacture of new fragrance ingredients The relationship between molecular structure and odour The mechanism of olfaction Intellectual challenges and the future of the field Complete with illustrations that clarify difficult concepts and the structures of the molecules under discussion, Chemistry and the Sense of Smell is an all-inclusive guide to the science of scent. For professionals in the fragrance industry or related fields, this book is one resource that should not be overlooked.

Stinky Science Book by Edward Kay

Stinky Science Book
  • Author : Edward Kay
  • Publisher : Kids Can Press Ltd
  • Release Date : 2019-04-02
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 44
  • ISBN Code: 1525302620

Summary: Who knew science could be so smelly??? This innovative book is a complete exploration of the olfactory system, with a side of gross-out hilarity. First, it tackles the basics, from why things stink to how our sense of smell works (hint: it has to do with the six million scent receptors way up inside our noses). Then, it moves on to some specifics such as the link between smells and memories, some of the stinkiest stinks on Earth, the chemicals smells are made of and more! The eww! on every page is sure to hold every young scientist’s attention!

The Emperor of Scent Book by Chandler Burr

The Emperor of Scent Book
  • Author : Chandler Burr
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2003-01-21
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN Code: 1588362604

Summary: For as long as anyone can remember, a man named Luca Turin has had an uncanny relationship with smells. He has been compared to the hero of Patrick Süskind’s novel Perfume, but his story is in fact stranger, because it is true. It concerns how he made use of his powerful gifts to solve one of the last great mysteries of the human body: how our noses work. Luca Turin can distinguish the components of just about any smell, from the world’s most refined perfumes to the air in a subway car on the Paris metro. A distinguished scientist, he once worked in an unrelated field, though he made a hobby of collecting fragrances. But when, as a lark, he published a collection of his reviews of the world’s perfumes, the book hit the small, insular business of perfume makers like a thunderclap. Who is this man Luca Turin, they demanded, and how does he know so much? The closed community of scent creation opened up to Luca Turin, and he discovered a fact that astonished him: no one in this world knew how smell worked. Billions and billions of dollars were spent creating scents in a manner amounting to glorified trial and error. The solution to the mystery of every other human sense has led to the Nobel Prize, if not vast riches. Why, Luca Turin thought, should smell be any different? So he gave his life to this great puzzle. And in the end, incredibly, it would seem that he solved it. But when enormously powerful interests are threatened and great reputations are at stake, Luca Turin learned, nothing is quite what it seems. Acclaimed writer Chandler Burr has spent four years chronicling Luca Turin’s quest to unravel the mystery of how our sense of smell works. What has emerged is an enthralling, magical book that changes the way we think about that area between our mouth and our eyes, and its profound, secret hold on our lives.

The Dumpling Sisters Cookbook Book by The Dumpling Sisters,Amy Zhang,Julie Zhang

The Dumpling Sisters Cookbook Book
  • Author : The Dumpling Sisters,Amy Zhang,Julie Zhang
  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Release Date : 2015-06-11
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN Code: 0297609076

Summary: Over 100 deliciously fuss-free recipes from The Dumpling Sisters' Kitchen. Amy and Julie Zhang have been entertaining and educating their thousands of followers on Youtube with their recipes for deliciously easy homemade Chinese food - now THE DUMPLING SISTERS COOKBOOK brings you more of the easy Chinese recipes and advice that those fans have been clamouring for. Dedicated to and destined to be adored by every Chinese food lover, this book is full of Chinese-food favourites, impressive sharing dishes and even sweet treats that have been little acknowledged in a western understanding of Chinese food - until now. This is Chinese home cooking at its best. The recipes are structured as to give a gradual introduction to Chinese dishes, beginning with the simple; Best Ever Fried Rice, and working up to the more elaborate Cracking Five-Spice Roast Pork Belly, and are interspersed with the insider tips and tricks that the girls' Youtube fans adore. There is also a focus on Chinese culture and eating etiquette (for perfecting those chopstick skills), including sharing menu planner and a guide to shopping at the Chinese supermarket. Amy and Julie write with wit and gusto - they are the perfect cooks to take any food lover on a journey to discover real Chinese cooking.

Neurogastronomy Book by Gordon M. Shepherd

Neurogastronomy Book
  • Author : Gordon M. Shepherd
  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-12-02
  • Category: Science
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN Code: 0231530315

Summary: “A personal yet magisterial account of the new brain-based approach to flavor perception . . . [a] panoramic view of science, culture, and behavior.”—Avery Gilbert, author of What the Nose Knows Leading neuroscientist Gordon M. Shepherd embarks on a paradigm-shifting trip through the “human brain flavor system,” laying the foundations for a new scientific field: neurogastronomy. Challenging the belief that the sense of smell diminished during human evolution, Shepherd argues that this sense, which constitutes the main component of flavor, is far more powerful and essential than previously believed. Shepherd begins Neurogastronomy with the mechanics of smell, particularly the way it stimulates the nose from the back of the mouth. As we eat, the brain conceptualizes smells as spatial patterns, and from these and the other senses it constructs the perception of flavor. Shepherd then considers the impact of the flavor system on contemporary social, behavioral, and medical issues. He analyzes flavor’s engagement with the brain regions that control emotion, food preferences, and cravings, and he even devotes a section to food’s role in drug addiction and, building on Marcel Proust’s iconic tale of the madeleine, its ability to evoke deep memories. Shepherd connects his research to trends in nutrition, dieting, and obesity, especially the challenges that many face in eating healthily. He concludes with human perceptions of smell and flavor and their relationship to the neural basis of consciousness. Everyone from casual diners and ardent foodies to wine critics, chefs, scholars, and researchers will delight in Shepherd’s fascinating, scientific-gastronomic adventures. “Those who make the effort will be rewarded: they’ll never look at eating the same way again.”—Library Journal

The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine Book by Steven Rinella

The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine Book
  • Author : Steven Rinella
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2015-09-15
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN Code: 0812988469

Summary: When outdoorsman, avid hunter, and nature writer Steven Rinella stumbles upon Auguste Escoffier’s 1903 milestone Le Guide Culinaire, he’s inspired to assemble an unusual feast: a forty-five-course meal born entirely of Escoffier’s esoteric wild game recipes. Over the course of one unforgettable year, he steadily procures his ingredients—fishing for stingrays in Florida, hunting mountain goats in Alaska, flying to Michigan to obtain a fifteen-pound snapping turtle—and encountering one colorful character after another. And as he introduces his vegetarian girlfriend to a huntsman’s lifestyle, Rinella must also come to terms with the loss of his lifelong mentor—his father. An absorbing account of one man’s relationship with family, friends, food, and the natural world, The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine is a rollicking tale of the American wild and its spoils. Praise for The Scavenger’s Guide to Haute Cuisine “If Jack Kerouac had hung out with Julia Child instead of Neal Cassady, this book might have been written fifty years ago. . . . Steven Rinella brings bohemian flair and flashes of poetic sensibility to his picaresque tale of a man, a cookbook, and the culinary open road.”—The Wall Street Journal “If you rue the ‘depersonalization of food production,’ or you’re tired of chemical ingredients, [Rinella] will make you howl.”—Los Angeles Times “A walk on the wild side of hunting and gathering, sure to repel a few professional food sissies but attract many more with its sheer in-your-face energy and fine storytelling.”—Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall “[A] warped, wonderful memoir of cooking and eating . . . [Rinella] recounts these madcap wilderness adventures with delicious verve and charm.”—Men’s Journal

Spritzing to Success with the Woman Who Brought an Industry to Its Senses Book by Annette Green

Spritzing to Success with the Woman Who Brought an Industry to Its Senses Book
  • Author : Annette Green
  • Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-10-01
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN Code: 1457563363

Summary: “I bestow on you a special award - that of High Priestess of the Fragrance World with power of divination.” Jean Pierre Lippman President, Christian Dior, On the occasion of the June l985 Fragrance Foundation Awards Ceremony “In ‘Spritzing to Success’ Annette reveals how she deliberately and successfully transcended the fickle limitations of fashion and fragrance trends. She took a tiny industry under her wing and before she could count to ten (years) the fragrance world was spritzing to success with her.” Carmen Dell’Orefice Legendary model “Annette Green was ‘the Mother of Invention’ creating the legacy of the Fragrance Foundation and the Wardrobe of Fragrance concept. Her mark upon the fragrance industry is immeasurable. A trail blazer in business, she is a role model to women everywhere.” Marc Rosen Renown Beauty & Fragrance Package Designer “Thanks to the industry’s ‘unsinkable Molly Brown,’ fragrance has become a universal language and the essence of the global economy.” Burt Tansky, President, Bergdorf Goodman and Lawrence Aiken, President Sanofi Beaute and Chairman of the Fragrance Foundation at 1993 Fashion Institute of Technology ceremonies at which Annette Green was honored with its ‘One Person Makes a Difference’ annual award. “Annette Green has long been the workhorse of the Fragrance Foundation. Tonight she is our muse.” Philip Shearer, President, Perfume and Beauty Division, Cosmair and Board Chairman, the Fragrance Foundation who announced the creation of the Annette Green Perfume Museum at the 1999 “FiFi” Awards ceremony. Annette Green brought the art and science of fragrance together as few industry leaders have done before her and since. For those of us with an academic interest in fragrance, she has been a champion of basic research and an enthusiast for the science of smell and its special connection to human pleasure. Gary Beauchamp, Ph. D. Distinguished Member, Director and President Emeritus Monell Chemical Senses Center

Butterflies, Moths, and Other Invertebrates of Costa Rica Book by Carrol L. Henderson

Butterflies, Moths, and Other Invertebrates of Costa Rica Book
  • Author : Carrol L. Henderson
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Release Date : 2010-08-25
  • Category: Nature
  • Pages : 187
  • ISBN Code: 0292779437

Summary: At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts an astonishing array of plants and animals—over half a million species! Ecotourists, birders, and biologists come from around the world, drawn by the likelihood of seeing more than three or four hundred species of birds and other animals during even a short stay. To help all these visitors, as well as local residents, identify and enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica, Carrol Henderson published Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica in 2002, and it instantly became the indispensable guide. Now Henderson has created a dedicated field guide to more than one hundred tropical butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates that travelers are most likely to see while exploring the wild lands of Costa Rica. He includes fascinating information on their natural history, ecology, identification, and behavior gleaned from his forty years of travels and wildlife viewing, as well as details on where to see these remarkable and beautiful creatures. The butterflies, moths, and other invertebrates are illustrated by over 180 stunning and colorful photographs—most of which were taken in the wild by Henderson. A detailed and invaluable appendix that identifies many of Costa Rica's best wildlife-watching destinations, lodges, and contact information for trip-planning purposes completes the volume.

Postmodern Winemaking Book by Clark Smith

Postmodern Winemaking Book
  • Author : Clark Smith
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2013-11-02
  • Category: Cooking
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN Code: 0520958543

Summary: In Postmodern Winemaking, Clark Smith shares the extensive knowledge he has accumulated in engaging, humorous, and erudite essays that convey a new vision of the winemaker's craft--one that credits the crucial roles played by both science and art in the winemaking process. Smith, a leading innovator in red wine production techniques, explains how traditional enological education has led many winemakers astray--enabling them to create competent, consistent wines while putting exceptional wines of structure and mystery beyond their grasp. Great wines, he claims, demand a personal and creative engagement with many elements of the process. His lively exploration of the facets of postmodern winemaking, together with profiles of some of its practitioners, is both entertaining and enlightening.

Smell Detectives Book by Melanie A. Kiechle

Smell Detectives Book
  • Author : Melanie A. Kiechle
  • Publisher : University of Washington Press
  • Release Date : 2017-08-22
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN Code: 0295741945

Summary: What did nineteenth-century cities smell like? And how did odors matter in the formation of a modern environmental consciousness? Smell Detectives follows the nineteenth-century Americans who used their noses to make sense of the sanitary challenges caused by rapid urban and industrial growth. Melanie Kiechle examines nuisance complaints, medical writings, domestic advice, and myriad discussions of what constituted fresh air, and argues that nineteenth-century city dwellers, anxious about the air they breathed, attempted to create healthier cities by detecting and then mitigating the most menacing odors. Medical theories in the nineteenth century assumed that foul odors caused disease and that overcrowded cities—filled with new and stronger stinks—were synonymous with disease and danger. But the sources of offending odors proved difficult to pinpoint. The creation of city health boards introduced new conflicts between complaining citizens and the officials in charge of the air. Smell Detectives looks at the relationship between the construction of scientific expertise, on the one hand, and “common sense”—the olfactory experiences of common people—on the other. Although the rise of germ theory revolutionized medical knowledge and ultimately undid this form of sensory knowing, Smell Detectives recovers how city residents used their sense of smell and their health concerns about foul odors to understand, adjust to, and fight against urban environmental changes.

The Scent Keeper Book by Erica Bauermeister

The Scent Keeper Book
  • Author : Erica Bauermeister
  • Publisher : St. Martin\'s Press
  • Release Date : 2019-05-21
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN Code: 1250200148

Summary: Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world--a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination. Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.