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I've completed my first book of this challenge-Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat. It talks about the physical and social history and evolution of various implements and cooking methods. It's an excellent survey and I highly recommend it.
In January I read
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
Which I much enjoyed and, for now at least, put in the reader's choice category. I posted it and mailed it off. I am now reading Stephan Greenblatt's The Swerve: how the world became modern. He's an excellent writer and spins a fascinating story about the rediscovery in 1417 of classical writer Lucretius's on the Nature of Things - the only extant copy found in a monastery.