How Corn Shaped the US Heartland
Food historian Cynthia Clampitt presents the epic story of wat happened when Mesocmerican farmers bred a nondescript grass into a staff oflife so prolific, so protean, that it represents nothing less than one of humankind's greatest achievements. Blending history with expert reportage, she traces the disparate threads that have woven corn into fabric ofour diet, politics, economy, science, and cuisine. At the same time she explores its futre as a source of energy and the foundation of seemingly limitless green technologies. The result isa bourbon-to-biofuels portrait of the astonishing plant that the sustains the world.