Chapter 16. The Lure of Sugar

  1. Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Published Online: 6 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305135.ch16

A History of Food

A History of Food

How to Cite

Toussaint-Samat, M. (2008) The Lure of Sugar, in A History of Food, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305135.ch16

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181198

Online ISBN: 9781444305135



  • medieval Europe, calling crystallized sap of sugar cane ‘white salt’;
  • sugar cane, native to India;
  • Arabs, inventing caramel;
  • dates and figs, as source of fruit sugars;
  • syrup-processing;
  • rum, a sugar spirit