Chapter 6. The History of Cereals

  1. Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat

Published Online: 6 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305135.ch6

A History of Food

A History of Food

How to Cite

Toussaint-Samat, M. (2008) The History of Cereals, in A History of Food, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305135.ch6

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181198

Online ISBN: 9781444305135



  • Egyptians worshipping Renenoulet, harvest goddess;
  • Egyptian funeral rites, including offering of wheat;
  • einkorn and emmer;
  • hybrids, having four pairs of chromosomes;
  • Phoenicians, separating grain from ears;
  • Myth of Demeter;
  • rye, weed of wheat-fields;
  • Lasagne, traditional harvest of French Alps


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Cereals as Civilizers

  • Table of the Long March of Cereals

  • Imperialist Cereals

  • Everyday Cereals

  • Strategic Cereals

  • Rice in the East

  • Maize in the West

  • From Porridge to Beer

  • The History of Pasta

  • The History of Grain Spirits